477 to 610 of the Alaska Highway

Trip Start Mar 04, 2005
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Trip End Dec 31, 2014


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Thursday, June 2, 2011

One of the obligatory stops all travelers along the Alaska Highway must make is in Watson Lake.  Seems that back in 1942 a certain Carl Lindley, a US Soldier in Company D, 341st Engineers was working on what was than called the Alaska Military Highway. This was during the original construction period.  Conditions were fairly awful with bad food, bugs and difficult 'natural' obstacles.  Soldier Lindley was by all accounts homesick, so he posted a sign with his name and home town on it.  Since than over 70,000 signs have been posted in the "Watson Lake sign post forest". 

The city maintains the 'forest' and only removes signs when they are no longer legible.  That probably explains why we couldn't find the sign we posted in 2005.  We did however locate one posted by a friend in 2008.  We feel pretty confident that this years sign will be around for years to come and have already decided it will probably out live all of us!  So, if you ever find yourself in Watson Lake do us a favor and try to find 'our sign' - it's right on the front row next to the highway and should be pretty easy to find....:)
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