PT. 5 (MP 300): Fort Nelson Heritage Museum

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FORT NELSON (KTUU) Marl Brown, 85, first drove up the Alaska Highway in 1957, while serving as a mechanic in the Canadian Army.

Since the day he arrived, Brown says he saw pieces of history from the Alaska Highway and Fort Nelson being thrown away and destroyed. As a result, in 1987, he opened up the Fort Nelson Heritage Museum, in an effort to hang on to history.

"Today is a throw away society," said Brown. "I don't think that's right. I think we should be saving some of the past."

After 30 years of collecting, Brown has more vehicles than he can count.

"I guess I was bit with the old car bug," Brown said. "The oldest car we have is a 1908 Buick Model 10."

In 2008, when the car turned 100, he along with his wife and a friend drove 582 miles to Whitehorse. It took them three days of driving in each direction. Brown says taking it slow on the Alaska Highway is the only way to appreciate its beauty.

"When we drove that old 1908 Buick, I was amazed to how much that that you see driving at 25 mph," Brown said. "With a normal car you're driving 50 mph, and you miss 90% of it, so slow down."

In addition to countless cars, trucks and machinery, the Fort Watson Heritage Center boasts pioneer artifacts and historical buildings, which includes old cabins, the Hudson Bay Trading Post, and the Fort Nelson Post Office. There's also has a tribute to the men who built the Alaska Highway in 1942.