Modern Marvels

Season 10 Episode 5

Alcan Highway

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Feb 11, 2003 on The History Channel
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In the world of road making, THE ALCAN HIGHWAY is a feat worthy of comparison to the legendary byways of ancient Rome. Stretching 1,500 miles from British Columbia to Fairbanks, Alaska, the Alcan traverses incredibly difficult and hostile territory, crossing the Canadian Rockies, raging rivers and dense forest. Remarkably, it was built in just eight months. MODERN MARVELS® ventures back to the uncertain days of World War II to tell the story of the Alcan's construction. Fearing a Japanese invasion of Alaska, the military brass decreed that a better connection between the remote territory and the lower 48 states was essential, and the Alcan was the solution. Through the recollections of workmen and extensive photos and footage taken all along the route, THE ALCAN HIGHWAY documents how 11,000 soldiers--nearly 4,000 of them black--bulldozed their way into engineering history.moreless
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      • Narrator: 1500 miles, 11,000 soldiers, nearly 4,000 of them black, charged by a fateful time with a meaningful military role. Their task? Build a highway through some of the most imposing landscapes on Earth. Now: The Alcan Highway, on Modern Marvels.

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      • Commentators:

        Dan Del Villiano
        Director of Communications, Pacific Region Public Works, Canada

        Wilfred Grondine
        341st Regiment

        Chester Russell
        34th Regiment

        William E. Griggs
        97th Regiment

        Nehemiah Atkinson
        97th Regiment

        Terrence Cole
        Professor of History, University of Alaska, Fairbanks

        Ken Spotswood
        Freelance Writer

        Dr. Lael Morgan
        Publisher, Cascade Bay Weekly

        Glenn Ireland
        Dawson Creek Resident

        Billy Connor
        Research Manager, Alaska Department of Transportation

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