Alaskan Roadhouses

"An Alaskan Road House"; stable, cabins, and tents at the mouth of a mountain valley, a snowy peak framed in the valley. Location not specified. From 'Alaska the Great Country,' copyright 1908, MacMillan Co., by Ella Higginson, photographer E.A. Hegg, Juneau

“An Alaskan Road House”; stable, cabins, and tents at the mouth of a mountain valley, a snowy peak framed in the valley. Location not specified. From ‘Alaska the Great Country,’ copyright 1908, MacMillan Co., by Ella Higginson, photographer E.A. Hegg, Juneau

“Under no circumstance should the Alaskan roadhouse be confused with the establishments scattered along the highways on the outside that call themselves ‘roadhouses.’ The Alaskan roadhouse is a trail or roadside hotel. It deserves and has earned the high regard that all Alaskan and northern travelers have for the ‘roadhouse.’ Many tales of heroism and bravery could be told of the daring rescue and relief parties that have been headed by the intrepid roadhouse keepers. Story has it that no stranded man or dog has ever been denied food or shelter by these landlords of the lonely northern trails.” ~William E. Gordon, in Icy Hell (Wm. Brendan & Son, 1937)

Blix Roadhouse ~ Copper Center

Cape Nome Roadhouse ~ Seward Peninsula

Deering Roadhouse ~ Seward Peninsula

Grandview Roadhouse ~ Kenai Peninsula

Haly’s Roadhouse ~ Fort Yukon

Kantishna Roadhouse ~ Denali Park

Pioneer Roadhouse ~ Knik

Rika’s Landing Roadhouse ~ Delta Junction

Slana Roadhouse ~ Slana

Talkeetna Roadhouse ~ Talkeetna

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About Helen Hegener

I write books about Alaskan history, and titles currently available include Alaskan Roadhouses, The First Iditarod, The All Alaska Sweepstakes, The Yukon Quest Trail, The Matanuska Colony Barns, and others. I am currently researching and writing a book on the early history and construction of the Alaska Railroad. You can contact me via email at helenhegener@gmail.com
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