January 03, 2008 | Tips from Us >
Dawson Creek, Museums
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Dawson Creek is Mile "0" of the Alaska Highway, constructed in 1942 to move men and materiel into position to defend the Alaska coastline -- if required-- during World War 2.
A new attraction, the Alaska Highway House, opened this summer with a new approach to telling the story of this amazing feat -- building 2400 km of road in 8 months and 12 days.
The attraction focusses on the people who built the road -- US troops transplanted into the BC wilderness with whatever equipment, vehicles and supplies could be mustered on short notice. The story of these troops and what they endured is fascinating. Everything from freezing cold to extreme heat, black flies, sickness and limited supplies.
In conjunction with the Royal BC Museum, research was done to find and interview troop members to get their personal perspective of the adventure. This living history is incorporated into the exhibits with quotes and audio.
In addition, you can make a video postcard to send to friends or leave behind at the attraction for others to view.
Alaska Highway House is a tremendous accomplishment and a fascinating place to visit. Complete your visit with the well-laid-out walking tour of the downtown and its amazing murals.