Today we took in the sights of Dawson Creek. Even though it's a small town, busy with men connected with the oil business up here, the city has a history. Building The Alaskan Highway started here at Mile 0 in 1941 as a response to the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Approximately 11,000 U.S. Army Engineers built the highway within 8 months. Of those 11,000 men, there were nearly 4,000 African American segregated troops who along with their white officers and counterparts built a 1500 mile road in extreme conditions.
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Below are some photos of Dawson Creek (left to right)
1. The converted grain elevator that is now an art gallery
2. The visitors center
3. The Mile 0 milepost where the Alaskan Highway (the Alcan) begins
The Alaskan Highway House has an exhibit dedicated to the building of the Alcan. Below is a photo of one of the Army Engineers braving the sub-zero cold.
Photos of the black Army engineers in a mural of Dawson Creek's history.