Local officials in Alaska and British Columbia promoted Route A, a scenic highway that would skirt the Pacific Coast and pass through existing cities. Military planners chose instead to build inland, both to avoid possible coastal attacks and to connect existing airstrips.
Today, roughly 360,000 tourists drive the Alaska Highway annually. However, since the road's construction, many have debated whether the highway fulfilled its promise. Despite becoming a tourist attraction, the area around the highway in Alaska remains relatively unpopulated. In part as a result of the placement of the highway, economic and population development has not been as significant as area residents had hoped.
Shortly after the site launched in 2005, we asked our users to answer this controversial question. Below are the results from this poll.
Total number of participants: 464
Of our participants polled, 362 watched at least half of the film; of those, 167 said the film influenced their vote.
A minute-by-minute account, on both sides of the Pacific, leading up to the surprise attack on the U.S. fleet at Pearl Harbor.
With the clock ticking and the city under fire how many could be saved?
In 1960, Francis Gary Powers' U-2 spy plane was shot down over the Soviet Union.
The worst epidemic in American history killed over 600,000 Americans during World War I.
The decisions made by leaders and the escalation of bloodletting that finally ended World War II.
A personal story of one family's dramatic effort to hold onto their family farm in Iowa as massive foreclosures sweep the nation in the 1990s.
From the Revolutionary War to Operation Desert Storm - newly discovered letters read by celebrity actors tell of courage, longing, and sacrifice.
General Douglas MacArthur led American troops in World Wars I and II before being fired by President Harry Truman during the Korean War.