Mile 0 Post in Dawson Creek - A Peek Into World History
Mar 19, 2012
One of the richest historic landmarks in the Peace Country literally lies in Dawson Creek, Mile Zero of the Alaskan Highway is more than any average highway it resembles a merger between Canadian and American efforts.
On December 7, 1941, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor forcing both governments to revaluate the security of their citizens; building the Alaskan highway was a response to protect North American sovereignty. The Northern wilderness was vast and untamed, a feat that took over 9 months to finish.
The small sleepy town of Dawson Creek swelled from 600 to 10,000 people in a matter of weeks and endured an intense construction process.These men and woman battled the elements with zero amenities.
Government delegations from both Canada and the United States, met at mile 1061, known as “Soldiers Summit”, where they cut the ribbon officially opening the “Alcan” Highway. The total cost for the construction of the 1,523 mile route, which also includes 133 major bridges and more than 8,000 culverts which, if placed end to end, would stretch over 57 miles, was about $140 million U.S. dollars.
In 1996 time the Alaska Highway was designated as the 16th International Historic Civil Engineering Landmark.
The Alaskan Highway House in Dawson Creek has become a tourist and history hub reminding us of a time when two nations came together for the greater good.