The Alaska Highway
, aka ALCAN, was constructed in WW II to connect Alaska to the USA by road.
US proposals for the
road were already made in 1920 but Canada did not see the necessaty at that time since the area was sparcely populated. Later they
warmed up to the idea but bad economic times prohibited the allocation of money.
The Japanese did invade Alaska but never came further
than the Aleutians.
The road was an engineering challenge because of the very rugged terrain and the hostile climate.
total distance of 2700 km it was long touted as a challenge to man and machine, but sInce the 1960's the road is paved
and easy to drive.
The Milepost is the unofficial tourbook for those traveling the Alaska Highway.
In 2007 we started
in Prince George and drove all the way up to Fairbanks, enjoying the panoramas and abundant wildlife.
At Haines Junction we made
a detour to visit Haines and Skagway.