The first truck to drive from Dawson Creek to Whitehorse. Photo courtesy of Anchorage Museum.In 1942 the USA and Canada united for a cause. After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, fear paralyzed North America. FDR, concerned about an invasion of Alaska, dusted off a decades old idea to build a road to the Alaskan interior.
The dream of creating a roadway to connect the United States with the continent’s ‘far north’ can be traced all the way back to the Yukon gold rushes of the 1890s but it was WWII and the concern over a future Alaskan invasion that made this project a reality. Within a few weeks of the Pearl Harbor attack, President Franklin D. Roosevelt decided that plans for a highway to Alaska should be pursued.
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