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Alaska Highway

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In early 1942, just three months after the devastating Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the first of more than 18,000 U.S. military and civilian workers and countless tons of equipment were shipped across Canada and Alaska to one of the most inhospitable regions in the world. The mission: to build a 1,500-mile-long highway through the Canadian and Alaskan wildernesses to link remote Fairbanks, Alaska, with the existing U.S. Highway System. Such a highway was needed to access America's northernmost territory ...

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Overview

In early 1942, just three months after the devastating Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the first of more than 18,000 U.S. military and civilian workers and countless tons of equipment were shipped across Canada and Alaska to one of the most inhospitable regions in the world. The mission: to build a 1,500-mile-long highway through the Canadian and Alaskan wildernesses to link remote Fairbanks, Alaska, with the existing U.S. Highway System. Such a highway was needed to access America's northernmost territory should Alaska require extra defense in the event of a Japanese attack via the Aleutian Islands. Work crews had a mere eight months to complete this task, the largest and most complex construction project since the building of the Panama Canal almost 40 years earlier

Building America: Then And Now celebrates the most famous and important construction projects that changed the United States from an open frontier to the most important country in the world. Read about American ingenuity and innovation, feats of courage, and marvels of engineering in the dramatic stories of the great projects that united a nation and advanced the world.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604130744
  • Publisher: Chelsea House Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/1/2009
  • Series: Building America Series: Then and Now
  • Pages: 120
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction "Imperative from the Viewpoint of National Defense" 7

Chapter 1 "It Was Nothing but Indian Trails" 13

Chapter 2 "Permafrost Was the Worst Thing We Had to Contend With" 31

Chapter 3 "When One Company Finished Their Work, They Would Leapfrog Ahead" 46

Chapter 4 "This Is No Picnic" 60

Chapter 5 "Nobody Else Knew the Mosquitoes Were There" 70

Chapter 6 "I Think Our Average Daily Mileage Was 14 Miles a Day" 84

Chapter 7 "I'm Not Sure if the Road's Finished Today" 99

Chronology and Timeline 106

Glossary 110

Bibliography 112

Further Resources 113

Picture Credits 114

Index 115

About the Author 120

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