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5 Fun Facts About July 14 In Alaska History

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1. Alaska's first car race took place on July 14, 1909. It was a 25-mile road race from Circle City to Fairbanks, which was won by Charles Binger in a Buick.

2. In 1932, on July 14, the town of Seward was hit by a devastating fire, destroying most of the town's businesses and homes. The fire was believed to have been caused by a cigarette or a spark from a coal train.

3. On July 14, 1942, the first shipment of Alaska-sourced zinc was sent to the United States during World War II. The zinc was used to make munitions and other military equipment.

4. In 1958, on July 14, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began construction of the Alaska Highway, which connects Alaska to the rest of the United States. The highway was built as a military supply route during World War II and is still used today for transportation and tourism.

5. July 14, 1980, was a significant day for Alaska's oil industry. It marked the first day of oil production from the North Slope's Prudhoe Bay oil field, which has since become one of the largest oil fields in the world. The oil industry has had a major impact on Alaska's economy and way of life.
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