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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 sparsely populated. Later they warmed up to the idea but bad economic times prohibited the allocation of money.
The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor changed everything, money was suddenly no issue and both countries agreed to build the road ASAP.
The Japanese did invade Alaska but never made it further than the Aleutians.
The road was an engineering challenge because of the very rugged terrain and the hostile climate.
But in 1942 it took the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers only 8 months to connect Dawson Creek in Canada to Delta Junction in Alaska.
With a 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 but indispensable tour book for those traveling the Alaska Highway.
In 2007 we did the ALCAN, starting in Prince George and driving all the way up to Fairbanks, enjoying the panoramas and abundant wildlife.
At Haines Junction we made a detour to visit historic Haines and Skagway.
  Prince George to Fort Nelson
Prince George
Dawson Creek
Fort Nelson
Watson Lake
Delta Junction
  Fort Nelson to Watson Lake
  Watson Lake to Whitehorse
  Whitehorse to Fairbanks
  Haines and Skagway