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 gripping tale of medical intervention gone awry, and one of the most barbaric mistakes of modern medicine.
The story behind the development of the oral contraceptive that put women in control of birth control.
Though first seen only as an expensive luxury, Alexander Graham Bell's telephone soon transformed American life and became a necessity.
Lyndon Johnson pushed progressive programs before the Vietnam War eroded his support. Part of the award-winning Presidents Collection.
The effort of pioneering researchers to conceive babies through in vitro fertilization.
General Douglas MacArthur led American troops in World Wars I and II before being fired by President Harry Truman during the Korean War.
During World War II, more than a thousand women signed up to fly with the U.S. military as WASPS.
In the Philippines, Army Rangers liberated 513 prisoners of war three years after the Bataan Death March.