Alaska Highway Facts

Alaska Highway Facts
Until the Alaska Highway was built in 1942, the main means of transportation to Alaska was by water. During World War II, Alaska was in need of relief of the hazards of shipping supplies by water, so the land route was created.


The Alaska Highway officially runs 1,422 miles from Dawson Creek, British Columbia, through the Yukon Territory to Delta Junction, Alaska. It unofficially continues to Fairbanks, Alaska, ending at Milepost 1,523.


The construction of the Alaska Highway is recognized as one of the "greatest engineering feats of the 20th century," according to the Alaska Almanac, 31st edition.


After World War II, the Alaska Highway was turned over to civilian contractors for graveling and widening. They replaced log bridges with steel and rerouted several points.


Improvements on the highway continue today as tourist traffic increases. During the months of May to September, there are many people who travel with their recreational vehicles to take in the sights of this beautiful drive. Logging trucks also utilize the Alaska Highway frequently.


Animals you may often see along the mostly paved drive are black bear, moose, caribou, wolf, fox, deer, mountain goats, buffalo and even some road-roaming horses, possibly all in the same day.


If making a trip on the Alaska Highway, take an extra air filter for your vehicle, as the dry spells can make for an extra dusty drive, along with an extra gas can. Gas stations are far a few between.

Article Written By Naomi Judd

Naomi M. Judd is a naturalist, artist and writer. Her work has been published in various literary journals, newspapers and websites. Judd holds a self-designed Bachelor of Arts in adventure writing from Plymouth State University and is earning a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from the University of Southern Maine.

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