Highway turns 67-years-old

LITTLE TOWN / Big Celebration Committee and Royal Canadian Legion are hosting a free family event to relive the 67th year since the completion of the Prince Rupert/Hazelton Highway.

EMIL HAUGLAND presents the key to the Village of Terrace to Prince Rupert mayor Harry Daggett at the completion of the Prince Rupert / Hazelton Highway Sept. 4

EMIL HAUGLAND presents the key to the Village of Terrace to Prince Rupert mayor Harry Daggett at the completion of the Prince Rupert / Hazelton Highway Sept. 4

By Yvonne Moen

LITTLE TOWN / Big Celebration Committee and Royal Canadian Legion are hosting a free family event to relive the 67th year since the completion of the Prince Rupert/Hazelton Highway.

On Sept. 4, 1944, mayor Harry Daggett of Prince Rupert met Chairman Emil Haugland and Terrace officials in front of old Kalum School, on the outskirts of Terrace at Kenney St. Haugland presented the key to the Village of Terrace to Daggett.

A band from the Canadian Army Regiment stationed in Terrace led a parade of dignitaries and vehicles from the school down main street, Lakelse Avenue, part of the Skeena River Highway and business streets.

The official opening ceremony, held in front of the military army camp at Apsley, saw MP Olof Hanson cut the ribbon, remarking, “I came to the Skeena Country 37 years ago with a packsack on my back and have worked all those years to have a highway – now Pearl Harbor has brought it about.” On Sept. 4, we would like everyone to join us for a celebration of this historic event.

The day starts at 11:30 a.m., meeting at the Legion with a sightseeing tour up Apsley, down Park Ave. to Little Ave., down Kalum St. to Terraceview Lodge (Military Hospital), back down Kalum St. to the overpass, down Keith Ave. to the four-way stop to the airport. The return trip will be over the old bridge to the Legion. The tour will be about two-hours.

At 1:30 p.m. will be a small ceremony in front of the Legion with city officials, Legion members and other dignitaries.

That will be followed with a tea hosted by the Legion, then there may be a break and another sightseeing tour.

We invite everyone to come out and share your memories, and hope to see as many veterans as possible come out.

We should mention that our driver will be Dave Jephson, who will be driving the Terrace Minor Hockey Bus. So to Dave and the Terrace Minor Hockey Association, thank you.

Everyone interested in coming on the first tour at 11:30 a.m., is asked to please call Yvonne at 638-0423 or email ymoen@telus.net so we know how many to expect.