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Josef    Posted 03-02-2001 at 11:02:58       [Reply]  [Send Email]
HI,can you tell me more on the ALCAN Highway?
Summer and Winter, perhaps I make a tour someday there.
Grüsse aus Deutschland
Josef


Robert in W. Michigan    Posted 03-03-2001 at 18:05:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
I lived in Alaska for 25 years. Over the years i traveled over the ALCAN 13 times. I even drove it two time with my motorcycle. These days it's pretty much all paved except for about 200 miles of it. As they are comstantly repairing sections in different loactions, there always will be about 200 miles tore up and gravel. Last time i drove it was 3 years ago.
Robert


walt    Posted 03-02-2001 at 20:19:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
Josef, where are you in Deuschland. I spent 3.5yrs in Wertheim am Main. Then 1.5yrs in Scwabisch Hall...My mother is from Austria..Hallein.Service...


Old Sarge    Posted 03-02-2001 at 19:46:57       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Joseph
The ALCAN Highwat starts in Dawson Creek, British Columbia. That is where the historic milepost 0 stands. At milepost 15 you can stop and visit Lil Putz who comes in on tractor tales once in a while. His real name is Randy Swain. He tells me that the entire route is now a blacktop highway. It has been for many years once you passed Beaver Creek Yukon Territory and entered Alaska. When In finally quit running that route, I did for over 3 years year round, it was well maintained. Of course it was a grerat deal of gravel, mud in the spring, and so on. We liked to run it better in the winter then because there were fewer tourists to pass us and throw rocks through the headlights, windshields, and radiators. There are some very high mountain passes with beautiful look out spots, and the fishing is unbelieveable. When I say high mountain passes I mean like going up Trutch mountain where you top out at 3800 meters on the road before starting down hill again. The mountain is still higher. Steamboat is another high one but you don't notice it as much because the rate of climb is less, and you start from a higher elevation. Now from the bottom of the climb on Trutch Mtn, it is apporoximately 57 Km to the summit, all uphill with no flat spots.

If you wish more info you can send for the book entitled "The Milepost" published in Canada and sold mostly in Dawson Creek and Ft St. John (50 miles up the road). The last time I bought one 26 years ago it was $4.95 US, but have seen several newer editions.


Matthew    Posted 02-16-2002 at 07:57:28       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I lived on trutch mountain for 6 years. My family owned the Trutch Mountain Lodge. Did anyone ever stop at the lodge?


IHank    Posted 03-02-2001 at 13:03:19       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Josef- The Alcan Highway was built by the US Army Corps of Engineers early in WWII. As with many things during WWII it was an historical engineering and construction accomplishment. It was built to facilitate defense of the nation from attack via Alaska, and to assist transport of lend-lease war materials to Russa for the war effort on the NE European front.

On my map here it looks like it is route 1 in Alaska and Yukon province in Canada, then changes to Canadian route 97 as it goes into British Columbia province. I don't have a map of BC so I can't tell where it goes and ends up as it passes down thru Canada.

US Public Televison system has had historical documentary programs about it. Mebbie somebody here has a video of it and will share?

Also, recommend try one of the search engines and see what you come up with. Good luck, and you're welcome to visit me here in Iowa if/when you get the to US. IHank


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