Mile "0" of the Alaskan Highway

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Monday, July 21st – Day 14 of the Caravan – Dawson Creek, British Columbia

Our staff made special donuts and coffee for us at 8AM, from Pillsbury Buttermilk Biscuits.

A 10AM group picture was scheduled at the Mile Marker Sign downtown and Dex & I did a geocache nearby.  We toured the museum in the Visitor's Center and watched an hour long movie about the Making of the Alaskan Highway (Alcan as it was known in 1942).

After lunch we drove 21 miles up the highway to visit first hand the Kiskatinaw Bridge.  A 162 meter curved structure, one of the first of its kind in Canada and is the only original timber bridge built along the highway that is still in use today, although the Alaskan Highway was diverted and only local traffic uses the wooden bridge nowdays.

More exploring the area and our final stop was at the Highway House Museum downtown Dawson Creek where we geocached inside and watch part of another movie of the area.  Dawson Creek was originally 2 miles away from where the railroad first entered British Columbia. The mountain didn't come to Mohammed so, the citizens actually moved their entire town, buildings and all, to be close to the railroad!

We hit the road tomorrow morning heading to Ft. Nelson, BC  
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Georgia on

I had a friend who used to work in Alaska in the summers and he came to Michigan for the winters and stayed with my friend's dad. He used to drive the Alcan highway but at the time it was just a gravel road. And it was still called the Alcan. This was in the 60s.

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