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.
The story of a Vietnamese mother, the Amerasian daughter she sent away for adoption, and their reunion 22 years after the Vietnam War.
The unusual life of David Vetter, who lived permanently inside a germ-free environment due to severe combined immunodeficiency.
A revealing portrait of one of America's most paradoxical leaders.
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A look at five real-life "Rosies," the reality of working in defense plants during World War II and then having to give up those jobs for returning GIs.
President Woodrow Wilson lead America during World War I, created the Federal Reserve, and helped create the League of Nations. Part of the award-winning Presidents collection.
It was the deadliest workplace accident in New York City’s history.
The contradictory history of a dam that became a statement of American power and prestige.