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The Whitehorse Star Reports in 1943

February 19, 1943 A dynamite explosion in Dawson Creek on February 13, 1943 demolishes an entire block, causing the death of 5 people, and more than 150 are injured.
February 19, 1943 The mayor of Atlin Major C. William A. Neville passes away on February 8, 1943 at the age of 81.
March 5, 1943 A fire on March 3, 1943 damages Whitehorse library and destroys numerous books.
March 5, 1943 Atlin is experiencing one of the greatest logging and sawmill booms in its lifetime.
March 5, 1943 Several movie stars arrive in the north to entertain the troops involved in the construction of the Alaska Highway.
July 2, 1943 Medical health officers order compulsory inoculation of all Indians at Moosehide because of a possible typhoid epidemic.
September 3, 1943 On August 29, 1943, U.S. and Canadian officials participate in the formal opening of the Peace River Bridge which is part of the Alaska Highway system.
September 10, 1943 In a report made by General George Marshall, figures about the Alaska Highway are revealed: The cost is estimated at $115,000,000, and 10,000 American troops were used in the construction between March and October 1942. The road-bed is 26 feet wide with a surface from 20 to 22 feet wide.
September 17, 1943 Governor General of Canada, The Earl of Athlone, and his wife, H.R.H. the Princess Alice, visit the Territory on September 12, 1943.
September 17, 1943
 → September 24, 1943
The TITA movie theatre opens on September 21, 1943 at McCrae with the screening of Irvin Berlin's "This is the Army".
September 24, 1943 Daily mail service between Whitehorse and Dawson Creek, B.C. is inaugurated.
November 26, 1943 An agreement is reached between the U.S. and the Canadian governments regarding the Canol project . The United States carry out the construction program in the N.W.T., Yukon and Alaska and own and operate the project for the duration of the war. Thereafter the properties are to be valued and the Canadian government is to have the first option of purchasing the pipeline and refinery at the commercial valuation.
December 3, 1943 The closing of the Public Roads Administration Offices on December 2, 1943 marks the completion of the Alaska Highway.