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原本已经可以经由水路到达阿拉斯加,爱尔肯公路开通后,就可以从陆路到达阿拉斯加了

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阿拉斯加州的爱尔肯公路 (Alcan Highway) 开通了19421121

你有没有美国的哪一条公路印象特别深刻呢?你一定会记得爱尔肯公路。在零下35度的寒冷天气中,连接阿拉斯加与加拿大的爱尔肯公路于19421121日正式全面通车。这是一条相当重要的军事补给路线,长达1522英里的公路连接加拿大卑诗省 (British Columbia) 的道森溪 (Dawson Creek) 与阿拉斯加的费尔班克斯 (Fairbanks) ,途中多是荒野地带。因为面临日本可能经由阿拉斯添加侵美国的威胁,使得建造这条公路成为第二次世界大战期间政府的首要工作之一。藉由这条爱尔肯公路,军方能够运输军队、食物,以及各种补给品到阿拉斯加的战略要地。你觉得建造这条公路要花多少时间呢?

Have you traveled on any memorable highways in the U.S.? You would surely remember the Alcan Highway. Following chilly festivities held the day before with a temperature of 35 degrees below zero, the Alaska-Canadian (Alcan) Highway opened for its first full day of traffic on November 21, 1942. This important overland military supply route, a 1,522-mile roadway through the wilderness, connected Dawson Creek, British Columbia, with Fairbanks, Alaska. The threat of Japanese invasion through Alaska made the road a World War II priority. Over the Alcan Highway, the military could transport troops, food, and supplies to strategic points in Alaska. How long do you think it took to construct?

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