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To Celebrate 75th Anniversary of Alaska Highway, Group of Jeep Owners Plans to Drive its Entire Length

Posted March 06, 2017 11:38 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: alaska anniversary highway

With the entirety of the Alaska Highway now paved, it may no longer prove necessary to traverse it in a four-wheel-drive vehicle, but a group of Jeep owners plans to do just that anyway later this year to celebrate the highway’s 75th anniversary.

First proposed around 1930 as a means of spurring economic development in the territory of Alaska, the concept of a highway connecting the continental United States with Alaska got sidelined over the next decade or so, due largely to the Depression and to Canadian officials’ dismissal of the idea. Only after the Japanese invasion of Pearl Harbor and the realization among American officials that Japan had a military base just 750 miles from the Aleutian islands did American and Canadian officials come to an agreement on building a highway to Alaska across Canada.

A remote highway gets ceremonial patronage to celebrate a milestone.

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