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Building the Alaska Highway 1x57

In May 1942, across the rugged sub-Arctic wilderness of Alaska, British Columbia, and Yukon Territory, thousands of American soldiers began one of the biggest and most difficult construction projects ever undertaken. For eight months, they endured ice, snow, and bitter cold; battled mud, muskeg, and mosquitoes, bridged raging rivers, graded lofty peaks, and cut pathways through primeval forests to push a 1,520 mile road across one of the world’s harshest landscapes.