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Joint U.S.-Canada border post dedicated

Posted: Sunday, August 12, 2001

LITTLE GOLD CREEK, Yukon (AP) -- A joint border post manned by both American and Canadian agents was dedicated this week where Alaska's Taylor Highway meets the Yukon's Top of the World Highway. It cost $2.3 million.

On one side of the building, those entering Canada meet the officers of the Little Gold Creek Customs Station, while on the other, those entering the U.S. arrive at Poker Creek Customs.

About 40,000 travelers cross the border at this remote spot about 40 miles from Dawson City on the Canadian side and 115 miles from Tok in Alaska.

On Thursday, 40 officials gathered for the official opening and dedication of the first joint Canada-U.S. border facility to come out of the Canada-United States of America Accord on Our Shared Border. The treaty was signed in 1995 by Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien and then-president Bill Clinton.

Before the joint post was built, only Canada had an actual station at the border, though it was in bad shape. The U.S. agents worked out of a log home.

Dan Holland of U.S. Customs in Anchorage said he had seen the need for this project since the mid-1980s, when he first visited the area. He said the station was a symbol of the cooperation that the staff of the two countries showed when they saved a troop of Boys Scouts stranded nearby by a blizzard in August 1984.

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