SURVEY OF THE LAND
An advance survey party on the Alaska Highway. Photo courtesy of Alaska State Library.
General Hoge was put in charge of the highway's construction. He needed to decide precisely where the highway would go, which was daunting when reviewing the topographical maps. Hoge depended on Les Cook, an accomplished northern bush pilot, who helped him find a route through the largely unmapped mountain ranges of northeastern British Columbia. Cook sadly died in a plane crash in Whitehorse, but not before he helped decide the Alaskan Highway's location.
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