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 staggering death tolls of the Civil War permanently altered the character of the republic and the psyche of the American people.
The remarkable story of how a railroad was built connecting California to the East.
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.
A Utah farm boy builds a prototype for a television, but is thwarted by movie studio executives wanting to control the technology.
The first around-the-world air race was sponsored to prove that the airplane had a commercial future.
During the Great Depression, Americans built the Hoover Dam, one of the greatest engineering works in history.
Robert Noyce's invention of the microchip launched the world into the Information Age.
Winner, 2010 Peabody Award --- The 1968 My Lai massacre, its subsequent cover-up, and the soldiers who broke ranks to bring the atrocity to light.