(Jan) Dawson Creek, B.C. is the start of the Alaska Highway. Built by 11,000 U.S. troops and 16,000 Canadian and American citizens, it took only 8 months and 12 days to complete. The highway runs from Dawson Creek to Fairbanks, Alaska and is 1523 miles long. It opened on November 20, 1942 for military use and in 1948 it was opened to the public. We stopped at the Visitor’s Center/Museum and watched a 1992 film on the construction of the Alaskan Highway. Amazing! We also took photos of both sign posts commemorating Mile 0; one sign was at the original location and the other sign was at a downtown intersection a block off of the highway.
Ron & Bernita Poutney and Dean and Judy Sheeley joined us this week-end and we were able to take a group photo downtown at Mile Marker 1 near the Alaska Highway House Museum. We also walked around downtown and enjoyed many of the building murals. The mural at the end of the alley was so well done that it looked like you were looking straight down another street. (Click to enlarge the photo) The grain elevator pictured below is one of four that remains standing today. It now houses an art gallery. This is a large agricultural area with many grain fields. It looks similar to the midwest U.S. Also pictured is the curved railroad bridge we found south of here near the little town of Pouce Coupe.
We have internet today courtesy of Mc Donald’s. As we head north civilization will thin out and we may not have internet again until Alaska. Our plan is to travel about 200 miles tomorrow and get to Muncho Lake the following day. We’ll spend several days there, a day at Liard Hot Springs and then on to Watson Lake, Yukon, Canada. The beautiful sign pictured at left was created by our friend Ron with the names of 5 Boomer couples who will make the Alaska trip in 2013. We will add the sign to those at the Sign Forest at Watson Lake.