Construction of the the Alaska Highway aka Alaska-Canadian Highway aka ALCAN Highway, in 1942. Montage showing momentary views of American highways seen from underneath, highlighting their structural supports and the like. A man traveling in snow by means of a dogsled. Vehicles bumping along on rough road in a wilderness, passing a piece of heavy road-building machinery in operation. A sign posted on June 15, 1942, soliciting workers for construction of the ALCAN highway. The sign reads "This is No Picnic." Steam locomotive pulling train into station at whitehorse, Yukon, Canada. Men in parkas sorting through boxes of supplies at the rail depot. A caterpillar tractor clearing trees along the planned roadway path. Canvas covered trucks driving across snow-covered landscape. Narrator mentions start of World War 2, as related scenes are shown, including: A formation of military aircraft in flight; Bomb exploding in Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor; and wreckage of the USS Arizona after the attack. Scene shifts to workmen in parkas carrying tools, as they walk past tents in snowy site. Surveyors struggling through snow and underbrush to perform their work. A truck driving across a temporary bridge. A bulldozer clearing underbrush. A convoy of trucks driving along a snowy road. Men attempting to free a vehicle trapped in a snow bank. Vehicles moving along parts of the highway covered by water from melting ice. A Jeep driving past a tent displaying a sign pointing to Tokyo. Gathering of construction workers in completion ceremony at Soldier's Summit on 21 November, 1942.
Dedication Ceremony of the Alcan (Alaska Canadian) Highway. Shot of trucks waiting for official opening. Crowd at ceremony. Scene of American flag. Canadian mounted police at dedication ceremony. North West mounted at attention. In front of American and Canadian flags and sign "Soldier's Summit". Mounted police at attention. A girl at ceremony. Canadian and American holding respective flags. Inspector William Grennon, RCMP. Ribbon cutting ceremony. Audience applauding. Brigadier General O' Connor clapping. Sign on U.S. Army truck "First Convoy White Horse to Fairbanks November 20, 1942". Truck convoy on open highway.
Supplies are carried by trains and trucks in Alaska. Ships unload food and supplies. Smoke rises from smokestack of the ship. Men unload the supplies. Alaskan railroad re-opened by United States Army. A sign reads 'Whitehorse, Yukon'. A train moves along railroad tracks. Truck passes by.
YB-10 aircraft, of the U.S. Army Air Corps 1934 Alaskan flight, are parked on a flower-covered meadow in Prince George, British Columbia, Canada. An animated map shows onward flight from Prince George, to White Horse, Yukon, Canada. A formation of YB-10s in flight, and then, parked on a grassy field in White Horse. Lieutenant Colonel Henry H. "Hap" Arnold, leader of the expedition, and some of his fliers stand, conversing. In the background, others are busy refueling their aircraft. One flier is seen rolling a 55 gallon drum of gasoline. Animated map depicts futher progress to Fairbanks, Alaska. Views of rivers and mountains, and ground below with patches of snow, as seen from one of the aircraft in flight.
The Canadian American Norman Oil Line (Canol) Project to build a pipeline and road from Norman Wells, Northwest Territories to Whitehorse, Yukon during World War 2. A tugboat pushing barges loaded with building materials along the Mackensie River in Canadian Northwest Territories. View shifts to some buildings at water's edge, with large riverboat docked behind them. Rustling leaves on a tree. Waves on water surface. Closeup of several men standing on middle deck of multi-deck river boat. One wears a clerical collar. They are watching activities below, where project workers and American soldiers are relaxing on deck as two aboriginal (or Native or First Nations) men entertain them, playing fiddle and guitar. The fiddler wears decorated moccasins. Both players tap their toes in rhythm. The guitarist's instrument is decorated with painting of "The Lone Ranger" on a his white horse,"Silver"calling out "Hi Ho Silver." A soldier with a mandolin sits down and plays with them.
The S.S. "Queen" docked at Seattle, Washington, boarding prospective miners bound for the gold fields of Yukon territory, Canada, during the Klondike Gold Rush. Would-be miners crowd the decks of the ship and the dock. They carry personal belongings, supplies and tools. (Edison Company,filmed August 6, 1897, in Seattle, Washington)