DEBATE OVER WHETHER TO BUILD OR NOT
View of U.S. Army sign with milepost in Watson Lake. Photo courtesy of Anchorage Museum.It is notable that the US Army, who ended up building the highway, were the ones to argue that the funds needed for a highway project would be better spent elsewhere. The same highway could, if the Japanese invaded Alaska, be used by the Japanese to attack the US Midwest. President Roosevelt was determined to forge ahead, deciding at the same time to develop the oil fields around Norman Wells, Northwest Territories and to build a pipeline hundreds of miles across the sub-Arctic mountains to Whitehorse.
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