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Rusty Dow by truck, 1944

Rusty Dow, posing by the door of her truck, was the first woman to drive the Alaska Highway. Sign on door reads "RICHARDSON ALASKA HIGHWAY 2917 BANKS DISTRICT". Rusty Dow is in uniform. Original photograph size: 3 1/2 x 2 1/2 inch. University of Alaska Anchorage - Archives and Manuscripts Dept.

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