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United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States diplomatic papers, 1937. The British Commonwealth, Europe, Near East and Africa
(1937)

Canada,   pp. 160-199 PDF (14.9 MB)


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FOREIGN RELATIONS) 1937, VOLUME II
made, whether by tolls charged for using the road or concessions for
gasoline, "hot dog" stands, etc. Dr. Skelton said it would be very
interesting to have further information on this point as, of course, if
it could be clearly shown that the road would actually pay for itself
within thirty years this would put the matter in another light.
842.154 Seattle-Fairbanks Highway/174
    The Secretary of State to the Minieter in Canada (Armour)
No. 972                           WASHINGTON, September 3,1937.
  SnI: I refer to the Department's instruction no. 228 of January
30, 1936 and to subsequent correspondence regarding our efforts to
obtain the consent of the Canadian Government to the construction of
a highway to connect the northwestern part of continental United
States with British Columbia, the Yukon Territory and the Terri-
tory of Alaska.
  It has long been a source of disappointment to the President that
the Canadian authorities have not found it possible to cooperate with
us in the initiation of this project. He has recently written to me 50
of his eagerness to have the highway completed as soon as possible,
and of his hope that negotiations to this end may proceed vigorously.
  At the same time, the President suggested the possibility of the
establishment, by the two countries, of an international park in the
region north and west of Skagway, Alaska. Such a park might in-
clude the Canadian territory lying directly north of the international
boundary between the 141st and 135th meridians of longitude, with
not only our own St. Elias and Fairweather Ranges, but Mt. Logan,
second highest peak in the northern hemisphere. For our part the
park might properly include the territory from the boundary to the
coast lying between the 141st and 136th meridians of longitude,
Malaspina Glacier in the West, Glacier Bay National Monument, and
as far as Lynn Canal on the East and Icy Strait and Cross Sound
on the South. The northern boundary of the park might follow a
straight line from Mt. Foster, near Chilkoot Pass, to the 141st merid-
ian, passing just north of Kluane Lake.
  For your guidance, I am transmitting under separate cover a map on
which is outlined, roughly, the area referred to.
  Under the terms of an Act of Congress, approved on August 26,1935,
  " Letter not printed.
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