They lived “off the grid” because in those days and in that area there was no “grid” to be on. They were homesteaders, farmers, and trappers who might find a dozen people within a day’s walk in any direction.
Suddenly they were surrounded by10, 000 strangers, almost all men and trading for goods they had not known existed.
It was 1942 and the Alaska Highway was being built through 1200 miles of wilderness.
Their system of life, the society they knew was gone with the arrival of one train in Dawson Creek. There were hundreds of more loaded freights scheduled to arrive in a town that might see half a dozen during the fall harvest.
What will happen to these people?