Soldier's Summit Trail Photo Gallery
The Soldier's Summit Trail
One of the new (2017) interpretive panels:
"A War Time Road. Fearing a Japanese attack along the Alaska Coast during the Second World War, the United Sates wanted a military supply road connecting Alaska to the south. In 1942, the Yukon's population more than doubled as American troops and civilians poured into the territory. In just eight and a half months, they built a rough road more than 2,400 km (1,500 mi) long, from B.C. to Alaska. It brought momentous social and economic change to the Yukon.
'In about a week's time we expect 6,000 troops here and a whole bunch of supporting civilians.' (U.S. General Hoge to Beresford Alan, Whitehorse Detachment Commander, 1942.)
'We travelled with either dog packs or by sleigh with dog teams [before the highway.]' (Lena Johnson, Kluane First Nation Elder, 2016.)
'My dad asked: "What was that big thing, going around here, and making big dust?"' (Grace Margaret Johnson, Kluane First Nation Elder, 2016.)
This photograph is © 2017 by Murray Lundberg, and is not to be copied without express permission.