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This collection contains an unpublished memoir, news clippings and ephemera documenting Ed Borders's survey trip on skis over the proposed route for the Alcan (now Alaska) Highway in the winter of 1941. There are also photographs of Ed Borders and his dog.
Ed (Elden) Borders was an engineering student at the University of Alaska when he was hired to conduct a survey of the proposed route of the Alcan (now Alaska) Highway. Starting in January 1941, Borders skied 1600 miles from Fairbanks to Hazelton, British Columbia in 91 days. He then was commissioned as a captain in the newly created First Special Services, which was modeled after the British Commandos. He died twenty-one months later, shot down while parachuting into Italy.
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