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The Alaska Highway
     

The Alaska Highway

by Paul Kupperberg
 

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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781604130744
Publisher:
Chelsea House Publishers
Publication date:
05/01/2009
Series:
Building America Series: Then and Now
Pages:
120
Sales rank:
506,580
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

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