JUNEAU, Alaska — The Alaska Highway is more than just an overland link connecting the lower 48 to Alaska. The Alcan (Alaska-Canadian) Highway, as it was formerly known, is 1,500 miles of history and an engineering marvel.
Today, travelers can stop at any of the 25+ mile markers to appreciate the feat that took 11,000 American troops and 16,000 civilian workmen from Canada and the U.S. to build in just eight short months. These are some of our favorite highlights along this historic route.
Mile 0: Dawson Creek
The Mile “0” cairn and milepost resides in Dawson Creek, British Columbia, marking the official start of the Alaska Highway. The city was a major terminus for troops, equipment and supplies that arrived from Edmonton and were heading north.
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