to Offer Postwar Pioneers?
Do I Get There?
If you plan to settle in Alaska after the war, it is a
good idea to take with you the tools and equipment of your trade, household machinery
such as the family washing machine, radio, and refrigerator (yes, they use refrigerators
in Alaska!), clothing, blankets, linen, silver, dishes, and your less bulky furniture.
You can buy all these articles in Alaska, of course, but they will be imported
from the States, and you will pay full prices plus transportation.
take your household effects with you, you will, of course, go by steamship from
Seattle, through the beautiful Inside Passage, stopping at Ketchikan, Petersburg,
Wrangell, and Juneau in southeastern Alaska.
Dont count on loading
your jalopy or a secondhand jeep with family and furniture and going overland
via the 1,600-mile Alaskan Highway that runs from Dawson Creek, British Columbia,
to Fairbanks, Alaska. The Highway is a rough road, built for military purposes,
connecting a string of airports from our midwest to interior Alaska. Along it
there are no gas stations, garages, hot-dog stands, or hotels. At some time in
the future all these may exist. But today the Highway is barred to ordinary passenger
traffic because of the war.
You will also be able to fly into Alaska after
the war via a system linked up with commercial airways of the States and Canada.
At least three routes will be availableby way of Seattle over water to southeastern
Alaska, over the coastal land route (Seattle-Prince George-Whitehorse), or by
way of the midwest overland paralleling the Alaska Highway to south central and
Once in Alaska, a choice of routes is open to you. From
southeastern Alaska, you can get to other parts of Alaska by steamship or plane.
From the south central coast (reached by steamship or plane) you can reach the
interior via the Alaska Railroad (open the year round) or the Richardson Highway
(open in summer). The Richardson Highway meets the Alaska Highway at Big Delta,
and is also linked with the Alaska Railroad and other Alaskan roads, and with
water and air transportation systems.
What Kind of Climate Does Alaska Have?