February 25, 2010 | Tips from Travellers >
Dawson Creek, Historic & Heritage Sites
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I took a tour of our Alaska Highway House
located right beside the World Famous Mile 'O' Post in downtown Dawson Creek
the other day.
I was transfixed and transported back in time to the building of the Alaska Highway. The story of this astounding feat is woven as you walk through the museum of artifacts.
I learned that 30,000 US Army troops and civilians built the highway through ice and mud and mosquitoes in just nine short months in 1942.
I saw an original Willys Army Jeep on a recreation of a "corduroy road". Nothing like the comfort of the vehicles we enjoy today. No power steering, seat warmers and air conditioning, satellite radio or cushion seats... just steel and mud, inside and out...
There is a life size model of a Quonset hut that has been designed as a movie theater where you can watch films and actual footage of the construction.
There is also a large impressive scale model of the famous Kiskatinaw Bridge, the longest curved bridge in North America.
While you are in the Alaska Highway House, you can sit in a customized RV and record a video message for your friends and family.
When you come to Dawson Creek, make sure you take the tour...you'll be impressed... this is a top drawer experience...
"Rolling out the red carpet..."