to Offer Postwar Pioneers?
Because of the lack of a network of roads such as exist
in the States, Alaskans have taken to the air. Before the war, Alaskans used planes
to transport themselves and their equipment from place to place much as Americans
in the States employed the family car or summoned a taxi. For similar reasons,
the radio telephone developed rapidly, with Alaskans listening in
on their 500,000-square-mile party line as rural Americans do on theirs. Commercial
radio stations blanket the Territory. No doubt all these facilities will increase
rapidly after the war.
Even the remotest settlement in Alaska is only a
few hours away by air from the States. An adequate but expensive system of steamer
lanes, river boats, railroads, highways, and air express serves to move freight
to and within the Territory.