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The Alaska Highway was constructed during World War II for the purpose of connecting the contiguous United States to Alaska through Canada. It begins at the junction with several Canadian highways in Dawson Creek, British Columbia, and runs to Delta Junction, Alaska, via Whitehorse, Yukon. Completed in 1942 at a length of approximately 2,700 kilometres, as of 2012 it is 2,232 km long. The difference in distance is due to constant reconstruction of the highway, which has rerouted and straightened out numerous sections. The highway was opened to the public in 1948. Legendary over many decades for being a rough, challenging drive, the highway is now paved over its entire length.


Alaska Highway is a musical group.


  1. "Alaska Highway" is a 1943 American film directed by Frank McDonald.
  2. "Alaska Highway" a.k.a. "Alcan Highway" is a 2013 documentary film written and directed by Aleksi Salmenperä.

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Google previewMy Summer Adventure (2010)

Dusty The Cat Shares Her True Story Of A Long Journey To Alaska by Doris J. Brookes

The Alaska Highway is a testament to the skill and determination of the people who built it. It opened to the public in 1948, and was soon being used by hardy souls who wanted to see for themselves the great northern state of Alaska, and even ...

Google previewPolitical Encyclopedia of U.S. States and Regions (2008)

by Donald P Haider Markel, Michael A. Card

little development took place in the territory until World War II, when the Alaska Highway was built (mainly through Canada) and large numbers of troops ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Questions & Answers

by BPI

The Alaska Highway and the Inter-Americon Highway are the famous sections of the Pan-American Highway. Pan-American Highway The Pan-American Hi hway is the world's longes “motorable road". When was ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of the Arctic (2012)

by Mark Nuttall

The Alaska Highway (also known as the Alcan or Alaska-Canadian Highway) has remained an important and essential overland link to, and between, the communities of Alaska, the communities of northern British Columbia, the Yukon ...

Google previewPop Culture Places: An Encyclopedia of Places in American Popular Culture [3 volumes] (2014)

An Encyclopedia of Places in American Popular Culture [3 volumes] by Gladys L. Knight

During World War II, the military built the Alaska Highway (also known as the Alaska–Canada Highway and the ALCAN Highway), linking Alaska to the United States, making travel to and from the region easier, and contributing to the region's ...

Google preview2008 International Petroleum Encyclopedia (2008)

by Joseph Hilyard

ALASKA HIGHWAY PIPELINE Gulf of A la s k a Fairbanks Anchorage Whitehorse Fort Nelson US Source: Foothills Pipe Lines Ltd. Alaska Yukon British Columbia DEEP PANUKE DEVELOPMENT Atlantic Ocean SOEP Goldboro gas plant ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of European Imperialism (1991)

by James Stuart Olson, Robert Shadle

Notwithstanding exceptionally difficult terrain the Alaska Highway was officially dedicated in November 1942, after only nine months of continuous work. The highway runs essentially northwest for 1 ,520 miles from Dawson Creek, British ...

Google previewThe Earthmover Encyclopedia

by Keith Haddock

The Alaska Highway was built, as well as chains of bases across ...

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