Category: Richardson Highway

Marge Gull painting of Birch Lake Roadhouse

This is a painting by Marge Gull of Birch Lake Roadhouse, also known as Chisolm’s Roadhouse. It was located about 63 miles from Fairbanks (306.4 miles from Valdez) in the vicinity of Birch Lake. Little...

Marge Gull painting of the second Richardson Roadhouse

This is the second of three roadhouses that operated at the former town of Richardson, about 75 miles south of Fairbanks—295 miles from Valdez. The first roadhouse, built by Jacob Samuelson near the Tanana...

The changing roadhouses of Richardson, Alaska

Richardson Roadhouse in the 1960s Opening and operating a roadhouse in Interior Alaska was always a gamble. A poorly chosen location could hobble a roadhouse’s ability to attract travelers, new routes might bypass a...

The early Richardson Highway and the Gibson stage line

The Richardson Highway stretches 368 miles from Valdez on Prince William Sound to Fairbanks in the Tanana River Valley. In its earliest form — the Valdez-Fairbanks Trail — it was the dominant overland route...

John Haines’ cabin on a sunny February morning

We drove down the Richardson Highway to Delta this past week. It was a sunny day and we stopped briefly to take pictures of John Haines’ cabin at Richardson. Photos were taken from the...