**Airport construction, in conjunction with the construction of the Alaska Highway a year later, signaled the true beginning of the town of Watson Lake. The community started as an accommodations and supply centre for this construction. The “Alcan Project” was a response by the American Army to the perceived threat of Japan during the Second World War. It provided an overland supply link between Alaska and the lower 48 states. The original highway, little more than a rough trail of 2,450 km (1,522 miles) from Dawson Creek, B.C., to Delta Jct., Alaska, then on to Fairbanks, Alaska, was built in the remarkable time of 8 months, 12 days.
A cairn was erected in 1992 in dedication to the pilots who flew into the Watson Lake area during the war.
There is a collection of photographs inside the tower of the WWII era showing just how many aircraft moved through the area. It is worth the stop to see it.**
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Photo taken in Yukon, YT, Canada
Misplaced? Suggest new location