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Alaska Highway
Society: ASCE Main Category: Civil Sub Category: Roads & Rails Era: 1940-1949 DateCreated: 1942 Dawson Creek British Columbia Delta Junction State: AK Zip: 99737 Country: USA Website: Creator: MacDonald, Thomas

The Alaska Highway, initially called the Alaskan-Canadian (Alcan) Military Highway, provided an essential transportation link to the Yukon and Alaska during World War II. It begins at the junction with several Canadian highways in Dawson Creek, British Columbia and runs to Delta Junction, Alaska, via Whitehorse, Yukon. After the shock of Pearl Harbor, the Alaska Highway was a first step in America's defense strategy -- a vital military supply line during the war. Over ten thousand Army Engineers were rushed to the far Northwest.

Image Credit: Courtesy Flickr/Bruce McKay (CC BY-SA 2.0) Image Caption: Driving on the Alaska Highway with a snowy mountain horizon Era_date_from: 1942
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