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AMERICAN EXPERIENCE

Alaska Pipeline: Thompson Pass

  • Aired: 05/15/2006
  • 02:53
  • Rating: NR
One of the biggest challenges during the construction of the Alaska Pipeline was when workers reached Thompson Pass. There, welders and laborers had to scale a near-vertical 2800-foot mountain wall to install pipe. The solution was to develop a tower and cable system that would fly the 80-foot pipe sections into place. On December 6, 1976, the last piece of pipe was laid at Thompson Pass.
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