Day 26: Monday, June 10, 2013. Northern Lights RV Park, Site 3, Dawson Creek, BC. 240 miles traveled.
Our destination for the day was to reach Mile Zero of the Alaska Highway. As we drove along the highway we searched for wildlife, especially moose. There were no wildlife sightings, but we continued to have spectacular views.
After arriving at the RV park, we drove downtown to see the beginning of the Alaska Highway which begins in Dawson Creek, BC and ends in Fairbanks, Alaska. The highway construction by the US Army Corps of engineers began in March of 1942 and was completed in November, 1942. The purpose of the road was defense and resupply of the Alaskan air fields.
We met a local woman in one of the shops in Dawson Creek who asked us if we were going to Alaska. When we replied yes, she told us “Those soldiers built the highway. God Bless Em.”
There are two signs marking Mile Zero. The most famous is the arch at Mile Zero. The other is in downtown Dawson Creek.