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Map of the Alaska Highway Courtesy of
Alaska Highway: A Yukon Perspective, Yukon Archives

This project is a study of the impact of the Alaska Highway on Alaska and the Yukon since the 1940s. Thirteen interviews with Native and non-Native men and women from Alaska and Canada make up this jukebox.
Those interviewed come from a variety of walks of life -- construction workers, home makers, entrepreneurs, subsistence trappers and hunters -- ranging from middle age to senior citizens. They live in various communities along the highway, including Whitehorse and Destruction Bay, Yukon Territory, Canada; and Northway and Tok, Alaska, USA.
The interviews provide a snapshot of changes that the highway has brought to this otherwise remote part of North America, straddling the Alaska-Canada border.

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Northway, Alaska.
Lake photo courtesy of Polly Hyslop


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Signs in Watson Lake, Yukon Territory.
Photo courtesy of Marla Statscewich