The Alaska Highway
On October 28, 1942, construction was completed on the 1,700-mile Alaska Highway.
In the 1920s, people began proposing a highway from the lower 48 states, through Canada, to Alaska. The Canadian government refused to offer funds for its construction because it would have benefited only the small population of the country’s Yukon Territory. Support increased in both Canada and the US toward the end of the decade, but the Great Depression hit and there was no money for such a program.