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American Experience | Alaska Pipeline: Thompson Pass | PBS

Duration: 02:53
Program: American Experience
Broadcast Date: May. 16, 2006

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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Post Date: October 3, 2013