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The Dalton Highway - Fairbanks to Coldfoot

The Dalton Highway runs along the Alaska Pipeline, across the Arctic Circle up to Deadhorse (Prudhoe Bay) where the oil fields are located. The road was built in 1974 as a "haul road" to supply materials for the building of the pipeline. Originally mostly gravel, some sections are now paved. Driving it is still an adventure with a continuous flow of very large 18 wheelers carrying oversized loads going back and forth. It is notoriously tough on windsheilds and tires from gravel in the warm months and challenging in the snow and ice covered winter months.The highway is also noted for having the longest service-free stretch of highway in North American - no gas, no restaurants, no motels nothing but awesome scenery for the 274 miles north of Coldfoot. Additional photos are on Page 2 ,Page 3 , and Page 4 .

Photos © by Don and Loretta Whiteley
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