Paul McCarthy and Edwin "Rocky" Rhodes give a talk about the history of the Richardson Highway in Fairbanks, Alaska on June 29, 1975

McCarthy, Paul H. (Paul Henry), 1939-


1 audiotape reel (60 min.) : analog, 3 3/4 ips, mono ; 7 in.
Paul McCarthy talks about their research on the history of the Richardson Highway, photographing the highway in 1975 from Fairbanks to Valdez, the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, the significance of the Richardson Highway, and roadhouses along the highway. Rocky Rhodes talks about historical routes into the interior of Alaska, the Yukon River, the Porcupine River, Robert Kennicott, William Dahl, the discovery of gold in Alaska and the Klondike, early routes through the interior of Alaska, exploration by the United States Army, Captain Abercrombie, the Copper River Valley, Lt. Allen, Lt. Glenn, Circle, Eagle, Tanana, St. Michael, the Chilkoot Trail, the military trail from Valdez to Eagle, Mike Mahoney's trip down to Valdez, the Road Commission, W.P. Richardson, developing the trail from Fairbanks to Valdez, the winter trail, expanding the trail to accommodate wagons, construction on permafrost, Copper River and Northwestern Railway, the first car to travel on the road, increase in activity on the highway during WWII and the pipeline construction, ferry crossings on the highway, and the bridge over the Tazlina River.
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Recorded in 1975 in Fairbanks, Alaska.
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