As usual, we were up early, Shadow and I at 5:30 to walk outside the campground. We waited until after 9:00 to leave the campground and drive to downtown Dawson Creek, a small city of 12,000 at Mile O of the Alaska Highway. We spent the morning taking in some of the sights and attractions. It was a warm and sunny 18º.Dawson Creek's most famous landmark is the Mile "0" Post marking the beginning of the Alaska Highway. It started as a four-foot piece of wood. When the post was hit by a drunk driver and demolished in 1946, it was replaced by a more elaborate marker, a 10 foot high post. It was replaced in the 1960s with a metal post. It doesn't mark the geographic beginning of the highway but rather the centre of the "Mile 0 City."
A stone cairn designates the actual beginning of the highway. It was located in a traffic circle but moved across the street to the corner of a park over concerns for tourists' safety as everyone wanted to pose for pictures beside the cairn.
We saw several murals depicting the history of the city painted on the exterior of buildings.
We visited the Alaska Highway House, a small museum where numerous exhibits and historical photographs depict the construction of the highway and the life of the soldiers and civilians who built the highway in 9 months. We watched a very interesting one hour film which included soldiers' personal accounts.
We ate lunch, bought gas @ $1.05.9 and took hwy 2 south into Alberta. We passed through a few small communities before arriving in Grande Prairie at Camp Tamarack RV Park at 4:45 Mountain Time.