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road building photo pair
Photo Credits: Denali NP&P Museum Coll. 25-1 (1939), Tamás Szerényi (2010)
Ecoregion: Alaska Range Mountains
Change Type: Human development and impacts
Human development and impacts
This photo pair features a section of the park road as it climbs over Polychrome Pass. Originally called the "Highline" section, the route over Polychrome Pass was chosen not for ease of road building but for its scenic views. Significant blasting was required to make room for the roadbed, and careful measures were taken to prevent the roadbed from slumping down slope. The work is remarkable considering the remoteness of the site, the short season of favorable weather, and the equipment of the time.