Alaska Highway

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US-GCS DCL Coll-284 Row A CITY Grinnell Stories-2022-09-14

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Alaska Highway



Grinnell men working on building a highway to Alaska in the early 1940s

WWII history, working conditions in the 40s

Post title: Local Men Help Build a Road to Alaska

Date published: September 14, 2022

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Drake Library Archive Digital File Name: x2022-09-14 Local Men Help Build a Road to Alaska

Summary: In the early 1940s, men from all over the country were enlisted to help build a long highway from the mainland to Alaska. Even though they were making only $2 an hour, many of the men marveled at the natural beauty in the mountains, and had positive interactions with the local Canadians. The project was stalled due to machinery problems, deaths and injuries, natural disasters and complications that came as a result of World War II. In the mid-40s the project was completed and the highway was used to transport military cargo during the war.

Alaska Exploratory Force (AEF)
Alaska Highway
Arlen, Richard
Badger, Ernest
Baker, Warren
Benton, Jr., Clifford
Brunsting, Bern
Collum, John
Conroy, Peter
Duesenberg, Milton
Edgar, Cleo
Gerard, Harold
Grooms, Warren
Heiniker, Roy
Herring, Clyde L.
Lanks, Herbert C.
Lawson, Owen
Lear, Charles
Lundeen, Vern
Mason, Walter
McLaughlin, Robert
Olson, Omar
Olson, Wayne
Parker, Jean
Patrick, Oliver
Phipps, Gordon
Potts, Willis

Federal Highway Administration
Public Roads Administration
C.F. Lytle Co. of Sioux City
Duesenberg, Inc. of Clear Lake
Green Construction Company of Des Moines
Van Buskirk Construction of Hawarden
V.L. Lundeen Construction of Montezuma
William Horrabin Construction of Iowa City

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