I am looking for pictures for a new set of pages. If you have pictures of the construction of the Alaska Highway that you would be willing let others see, please email me with details.
The famed Alaska
Highway, long considered an epic in road building, has come a long way
since it was completed in just over eight grueling months back in 1942.Started as
a wartime measure designed to provide a land route for war material and
equipment to Alaska from the Canadian provinces and American States, the
Alaska Highway was punched through more than 1,500 miles of mountains,
muskeg and mosquiotes.
For six hundred miles the Alaska Highway traverses the nothern part of British Columbia, one of only two roads through a sweep of wilderness as large as England and Scotland. Names on the map are often little more than service stations with cafe and rooms attached. Some have campgrounds and stores. A few are remodeled construction camps, but the rooms are clean , the food is good, and the people friendly. Northern hospitality is special.
This is the road trip of a lifetime. Heading north to Alaska and Canada's Yukon,
you will follow the same roads taken by Jack London, Wyatt Earp, Robert Service
and the famed - although imaginary - Sgt. Preston of the Yukon. Prestigious
company, to say the least.
For many, dreams about heading to Alaska and the Yukon began 100 years ago after
Californian George Carmack and his Tagish Indian friends, Skookum Jim and Dawson
Charlie, struck gold at Bonanza Creek in the Klondike. Their million dollar find started the
Klondike Gold Rush - the largest of history's great gold stampedes. One hundred
thousand fortune seekers headed for the Klondike, but fewer than 30,000
actually made it. Maybe you will be one of the lucky ones.
Everyone deserves to
experience the beauty, the
wonder, the stillness and the
peace at least once in their
The name "Alaska" is
derived from the Aleut word "Alyeska," meaning "great land." A
visit to Alaska will show you how apt the name is, and take you to
any or all of the following:
The geographically diverse West Access Route or East
Access Route to the magnificent mountains, colorful valleys
and wonderful wildlife of the famous and historic Alaska
Vast, forested state and national parks, including
breathtaking 6-million-acre Denali National Park, with its
abundant wildlife and 20,320-foot Mount Denali, a.k.a.
Mount McKinley, the tallest peak in North America. And
Denali is just the beginning. Two-thirds of the total acreage
of national parks in America is located in Alaska.
Scenic, historic cities, ranging from bustling Anchorage and
Fairbanks, to compact and captivating Skagway and
Haines, to activity-rich Whitehorse or gold rush-rich
Dawson City, Yukon Territory.
Alaska's famed backcountry, where you'll find adventure,
eco-travel and Native culture.
Prince William Sound, Southeast Alaska and the Inside
Passage, with their world-renowned glaciers, eagles, sea life
and spectacular fishing.
If you can, see it all.
Nothing can prepare you for the almost spiritual experience of
seeing brilliant glaciers reflected in the waters of College Fjord; for
the elation of seeing bears, moose, caribou, elk, otters, puffins,
dolphins and whales in the wild; for the excitement of visiting the
gold-rush trails; and for the inspiration of seeing the shores where
Native people launched fishing expeditions and made a good life in
Picture gallery of the construction of the Alaska Highway as well as current pictures of the Highway