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Historic Alaska Highway Lodges & Roadhouses

by Murray Lundberg

An Explorer's Guide to the Alaska Highway

Yukon Highway Lodges - More of the Story


    The lodges and points of interest that follow are in order from Dawson Creek, BC, to Delta Junction, Alaska. Initially posted on December 24, 2016, this will be an ongoing project as I add photos and information about each lodge, and create separate pages for some of the lodges that I have enough photos of and/or information about.

  *   Locations for lodges and points of interest are given for Historic Miles from Dawson Creek, current kilometers ("Km"), and, in the Yukon, "old "Km", the kilometer-post reference prior to about 2010 when all kilometer-posts were replaced to reflect the shortened highway due to re-routing.

  *   All photographs are by Murray Lundberg unless otherwise credited, and copyright is held by him.

Click on the images below to enlarge them



Dawson Creek - Historic Mile 0,


Dawson Hotel - Historic Mile 0
  *   "Alaska and the Alaska Highway" (AAA, 1950): 54 rooms, 8 baths. Single $2 to $5, double $3 to $7.50. Modern.


Farstad Motel - Historic Mile 0
  *   Lou Jacobin's 1958 "Guide to Alaska and the Yukon" listing: Carl and Gena Farstad, who own and operate this motel, offer clean, modern rooms, radios in each room; central heating; good beds, shower or tub bath, some light cooking facilities; plug-ins for car block heaters in winter; rates from $6 single, $7 double and up. Reservations advisable during tourist season. Phone Dawson Creek 535. or write P. 0. Box 1151, Dawson Creek, BC. Motel has been enlarged to two stories; other improvements, wall-to-wall carpeting.


Peace River Bridge - Historic Mile 34, Km 55.4


Fort St. John - Historic Mile 48, Km 75.6


Condill Hotel, Alaska Highway, 1958
Condill Hotel: Historic Mile 48

Photo: Bill Lythgoe, ca. 1958.

  *   "Alaska and the Alaska Highway" (AAA, 1950): 35 rooms, 6 baths. Single $2 to $3.50, double $3 to $5.50. Comfortable, well kept.
  *   Lou Jacobin's 1958 "Guide to Alaska and the Yukon" listing: Located in center of historic Fort St. John; quiet, modern hotel with clean, well-ventilated rooms with or without bath. Good cafe; complete garage service and stores adjacent to hotel. A new 15 room addition is planned for 1957. Manager, A. R. Andrews.


The Shepherd's Inn, Alaska Highway

The Shepherd's Inn, Alaska Highway

The Shepherd's Inn: Historic Mile 72, Km 115.4

Upper photo: June 20, 2004
Lower photo: February 26, 2015

Web site: TheShepherdsInn.ca


Wonowon - Historic Mile 101, Km 161.7


Blueberry Lodge - Historic Mile 101
  *   Lou Jacobin's 1958 "Guide to Alaska and the Yukon" listing: Well-known and entrance to a large wilderness area; lodge has new rustic cabins, cafe, rooms; gas, oil, tires; trailer parking; grocery store; telephone and telegraph service. Highway maintenance camp and first of many repeater stations (power "booster" plants supplying electricity for communications system.) New improvements include modern garage and service station; several modern rooms and cabins with showers and toilets; warm, comfortable, good spring mattresses; Pioneer lodge operated by Dot and Dave Peirce, owners.


Pink Mountain Lodge, Alaska Highway
Pink Mountain Lodge: Historic Mile 143, Km 225.9.

Photo: Bill Lythgoe, ca. 1963.


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Mae's Kitchen: Historic Mile 147, Km 232.5

Photo: September 12, 2016


Sikanni Chief Lodge - Historic Mile 162, Km 256.5


Mason Creek Lodge - Historic Mile 171
  *   Lou Jacobin's 1958 "Guide to Alaska and the Yukon" listing: The McGuires, who have taken over the management of the lodge, have cabins; rooms; cafe; grocery store; heated storage for cars; plug-ins for trailers. Plug in for block heating, heated garage and towing service. B&A gas and oil, tires, repairs.


Buckinghorse River Lodge, Alaska Highway
Buckinghorse River Lodge: Historic Mile 175, Km 279

Photo: June 20, 2004


Trutch Lodge, Alaska Highway
Trutch Lodge: Historic Mile 201 (the highway has been re-routed so there is no modern Km equivalent).

Photo: Bill Lythgoe, June 20, 1959.


Dutch Mill Lodge: Historic Mile 232.8
  *   Lou Jacobin's 1958 "Guide to Alaska and the Yukon" listing: A friendly atmosphere and spotless surroundings greet you at the Dutch Mill Lodge. The place is being remodeled and many improvements are planned by Earl and Maria Englesby, who recently took over the management. Present conveniences include cozy cabins, clean rooms, shower bath; cafe serving good meals; groceries and souvenirs; gas, oil, tires and minor repairs. Open 'til midnight.


Lum 'n' Abner's (Prophet River Services), Alaska Highway

Lum 'n' Abner's (Prophet River Services), Alaska Highway

Lum 'n' Abner's (Prophet River Services): Historic Mile 233, Km 364.7

Both photos: May 16, 2013

  *   "Alaska and the Alaska Highway" (AAA, 1950): Lum and Abner, 9 units, 2 baths. Double $4 to $5. Plain.
  *   In about 2000, a discount fuel operation opened right across the highway from Lum 'n' Abner's. It expanded to include a convenience store, and drove Lum 'n' Abner's out of business by about 2010. A couple of years later, the discount operation closed as well.


Fort Nelson - Historic Mile 300, Km 454.3


Fort Nelson Hotel, Alaska Highway

Fort Nelson Hotel, Alaska Highway

Fort Nelson Hotel: Historic Mile 300, Km 454.3

Both photos: Bill Lythgoe, ca. 1950s

  *   Lou Jacobin's 1958 "Guide to Alaska and the Yukon" listing: Modern two-story building; 44 rooms, many of them with private bath; established in 1946. Newly remodeled. This well-known hostelry, one of the better places along the Alaska Highway; dining room and beer parlor; telephone and telegraph; everything for the traveler; on scheduled bus stop; reservations advisable during tourist season. Charles H. Chausse, general manager.


Steamboat Mountain Lodge, Alaska Highway
Steamboat Mountain Lodge: Historic Mile 351, Km 531.6.

Photo: October 1, 2002

Destroyed by fire in September 2016.


Tetsa River Lodge, Alaska Highway

Tetsa River Lodge, Alaska Highway

Tetsa River Lodge: Historic Mile 375, Km 571.7.

Upper photo: August 31, 2011
Lower photo: June 20, 2004


Summit Lake Lodge, Alaska Highway

Summit Lake Lodge, Alaska Highway

Summit Lake Lodge: Historic Mile 392, Km 597

Upper photo: May 16, 2013
Lower photo: July 7, 2014


Rocky Mountain Lodge, Alaska Highway

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Rocky Mountain Lodge: Historic Mile 397, Km 605.7

Upper photo: January 29, 2006
Lower photo (approaching the lodge from the north): February 25, 2014

"Alaska and the Alaska Highway" (AAA, 1950): Rocky Mountain Auto Court. 8 units, 2 baths. Double $3.50 to $4.50. Neat, modest rooms; good wholesome food.


MacDonald River Services, Alaska Highway
MacDonald River Services lodge: Historic Mile 408, Km 624.8

Photo: January 29, 2006


Toad River Lodge, Alaska Highway

Toad River Lodge, Alaska Highway

Toad River Lodge (Toad River Lodge & RV Park): Historic Mile 422, Km 647.4

Both photos: February 25, 2014

  *   "Alaska Highway, Road to Yukon Adventure" (Canadian Government Travel Bureau, 1959): "Accom., meals, gas & oil, repairs, trailer space, guide service for big game." Accommodates 25 people, has telephone and/or telegraph service.
  *   In the Spring of 1999, the lodge was bought by Matthew Roy and Darrell Stevens, who grew up on neighboring family farms in Edson, Alberta.

Web site: ToadRiverLodge.com


The Poplars Motel & RV Park, Alaska Highway
The Poplars Motel & RV Park: Historic Mile 426, Km 652

Photo: January 30, 2006

Web site: PoplarsCampground.weebly.com.


The Village lodge, Alaska Highway

The Village lodge, Alaska Highway

The Village Inn: Historic Mile 442, Km 679.

Upper photo: Bill Lythgoe, ca. 1958.
Lower photo: January 29, 2006

  *   "Alaska Highway, Road to Yukon Adventure" (Canadian Government Travel Bureau, 1959): Accom., some housekeeping, with showers, meals, gas & oil, repairs, store, trailer park, campground, laundry, guide services (20 horses) available for big game hunting. Accommodates 35 people.


Double G Service lodge, Alaska Highway
Double G Service: Historic Mile 456, Km 698.7

Photo: January 29, 2006


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Northern Rockies Lodge (Highland Glen Lodge), Alaska Highway

Northern Rockies Lodge (Highland Glen Lodge): - Historic Mile 462, Km 707.9

Both photos: February 25, 2014

  *   The original Highland Glen Lodge was built in the early 1950s by Scottish immigrants Jim and Betty Grant. As World War ll veterans, Jim and Betty were able to obtain the deed to the property just days before the region was turned into Muncho Lake Provincial Park.
  *   "Alaska Highway, Road to Yukon Adventure" (Canadian Government Travel Bureau, 1959): "Highland Glen Cabins. Accom., warm car storage, meals, gas & oil, store, boats and motors." Accommodates 18 people, has telephone and/or telegraph service.
  *   After the Grants retired in the mid 1970s, the property was purchased by Mr. Zimmermann, who operated it in absentia.
  *   Urs and Marianne Schildknecht, who had immigrated to Canada from Switzerland in 1979, bought the Highland Glen Lodge late in 1988, but soon realized that the existing buildings no longer met the expectations of many Alaska Highway travellers. In 1995, they built the new 14,000 square foot Northern Rockies Lodge. It is the largest year-round hotel and RV operation outside of any town on the Alaska Highway.

Web site: NorthernRockiesLodge.com.


Lakeview Lodge (Muncho Lake), Alaska Highway
Lakeview Lodge: Historic Mile 462

Photo: postcard, ca. 1960

  *   Charlie Brandt was the original builder/owner of the lodge, which was bought by Joe H. Bell in 1958. It burned in 1962. The Fort Nelson Public Library Archives has 2 photos and 1 postcard from the lodge in 1958-63.
  *   "Alaska Highway, Canadian Section" (Canadian Government Travel Bureau, 1953): Brandt at Muncho. Acc., Meals, Store, Gas & Oil, Storage. Accommodates 18 people.
  *   "Alaska Highway, Road to Yukon Adventure" (Canadian Government Travel Bureau, 1959): Accom., meals, gas & oil, store, postal distribution, indoor swimming pool, bus stop. Accommodates 30 people.


Muncho Lake Lodge, Alaska Highway
Muncho Lake Lodge: Historic Mile 463, Km 710.1

Photo: Postcard, 1950s

  *   "Alaska and the Alaska Highway" (AAA, 1950): Muncho Lake Lodge, 12 units, 2 baths. Double $2.50 to $4.
  *   "Alaska Highway, Canadian Section" (Canadian Government Travel Bureau, 1953): Acc., Meals, Gas & Oil, Minor Repairs. Accommodates 10 people.
  *   "Alaska Highway, Road to Yukon Adventure" (Canadian Government Travel Bureau, 1959): Accom., meals, gas & oil, minor car repairs. Accommodates 30 people.


Liard River Lodge, Alaska Highway

Liard River Lodge, Alaska Highway

Liard River Lodge: Historic Mile 496, Km 764.7

Both photos May 17, 2013

  *   "Alaska Highway, Road to Yukon Adventure" (Canadian Government Travel Bureau, 1959): Accom., meals, gas & oil, minor car repairs, postal distribution point, trailer space. Accommodates 45 people, has telephone and/or telegraph service.
  *   Closed in the late 1990s
  *   Destroyed by fire in September 2015.


Liard Hotsprings Lodge, Alaska Highway

Liard Hotsprings Lodge, Alaska Highway

Liard Hotsprings Lodge: Historic Mile 497, Km 774.9

Upper photo: May 17, 2013
Lower photo: December 30, 2005

  *   In 2003, the 21-unit, 6,000 sq.ft. lodge was put up for sale, and was purchased by the Fort Nelson First Nation (FNFN). In 2009, FNFN put the property up for sale, but it didn't sell.


Dew Drop-In - Historic Mile 528.
"Alaska Highway, Road to Yukon Adventure" (Canadian Government Travel Bureau, 1959) just says "Accom."


Coal River Lodge - Historic Mile 533, Km 822.8.
  *   "Alaska Highway, Road to Yukon Adventure" (Canadian Government Travel Bureau, 1959): Accom., meals, gas & oil, minor car repairs, store, camping, trailer space. Accommodates 30 people, has telephone and/or telegraph service.


Fireside Lodge, Alaska Highway

Fireside Lodge, Alaska Highway

Fireside Lodge (Fireside Inn): Historic Mile 543, Km 839.2

Both photos: February 27, 2015

  *   "Alaska Highway, Road to Yukon Adventure" (Canadian Government Travel Bureau, 1959): "Fireside Inn. Accom., housekeeping cabins, gas & oil, repairs, wrecker service, trailer space with electricity." Accommodates 28 people, has telephone and/or telegraph service.

  *   After being closed for many years, the property was bought by a couple from Alberta in about 2010. A pair of kitchen/cafe trailers were brought in, and a cafe and small RV park were opened, but at the end of the 2015 season, the business closed again.
  *   In December 2016, the property with 2 titled lots totalling 4.2 acres was for sale for $85,000.


Contact Creek Lodge, Alaska Highway
Contact Creek Lodge: Historic Mile 590, Km 912.9

Photo: December 30, 2005


Iron Creek Lodge, Alaska Highway

Iron Creek Lodge, Alaska Highway

Iron Creek Lodge: Historic Mile 596, Km 922

Upper photo: postcard, 1960s
Lower photo: February 24, 2014

  *   Lou Jacobin's 1958 "Guide to Alaska and the Yukon" listing: This lodge at Pine Lake has been remodeled and greatly improved by new owners-operators - Ted and Sophie Smyth and Gus and Ida Rogan. Rooms with modern facilities; dining room and lunch counter open from 5 a.m. to midnight (Pacific Standard Time). Home cooking, featuring wild berry pies. Standard Oil products; Diesel oil; Chevron credit cards honored. Single rooms, $3, double, $5. Good fishing in nearby creeks. Yukon fishing licenses issued.


Liard Lodge (Lower Post) - Historic Mile 620
  *   "Alaska and the Alaska Highway" (AAA, 1950): Liard Lodge. 25 rooms. 8 baths. Single $2 to $2.50, double $1. Meals 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.


Watson Lake - Historic Mile 635, Km 980 (old Km 1021)


Jac & Mac's - Historic Mile 635
  *   Lou Jacobin's 1958 "Guide to Alaska and the Yukon" listing: A convenient stopover at Watson Lake with modern accommodations for 40. Cabins, rooms, meals; private housekeeping cabins in summer; a new tavern; Esso gas and oil, tires, tire repairing; garage, auto repairing. Esso credit cards honored. Cafe open 5 am to midnight. "Home of the Mynah talking bird." Hosts: Jack Ward and V. "Mac" MacKenzie.


Upper Liard Lodge, Alaska Highway
Upper Liard Lodge: Historic Mile 642, Km 991.7 (old Km 1032.7)

Photo: May 7, 2009

  *   "Alaska Highway, Road to Yukon Adventure" (Canadian Government Travel Bureau, 1959): "Upper Liard Cafe. Meals, gas & oil." Also at Mile 642: "Totem Pole Lodge. Meals, accom., gas & oil."


Stewart-Cassiar Highway Junction - Historic Mile 649, Km 1001.6 (old Km 1043)


Transport Cafe: Historic Mile 687
  *   "Alaska Highway, Road to Yukon Adventure" (Canadian Government Travel Bureau, 1959): "Accom., meals, gas & oil, minor car repairs, camping and trailer space, fishing licences." Accommodates 14 people, has telephone and/or telegraph services.


Rancheria Lodge, Alaska Highway

Rancheria Lodge, Alaska Highway

Rancheria Lodge: Historic Mile 710, Km 1100 (old Km 1143.8)

Both photos: February 24, 2014

  *   "Alaska and the Alaska Highway" (AAA, 1950): Rancheria, Hotel, 13 rooms, 4 baths. Single $1.25 to $2.50, double $3 to $4. Very plain rooms but a better than average meal stop for this area.
  *   "Alaska Highway, Road to Yukon Adventure" (Canadian Government Travel Bureau, 1959): "Accom., meals, gas & oil, car storage, minor car repairs, tires, store, fishing boat rental, guide service." Accommodates 34 people.

Web site: RancheriaLodgeYukon.com


Message Post Lodge - Historic Mile 717.5, Km 1111.3 (old Km 1155)
  *   Operated from about 1976-1989, offering "food, gas, a beer garden and souvenirs" (The Milepost, 2014)


Walker's Continental Divide Lodge - Historic Mile 721, Km 1118 (old Km 1161.6)


Swift River Lodge, Alaska Highway

Swift River Lodge, Alaska Highway

Swift River Auto Camp; Swift River Lodge: Historic Mile 733, Km 1136.7 (old Km 1180.5)

Upper photo: March 23, 2007
Lower photo: May 7, 2009

  *   Lou Jacobin's 1958 "Guide to Alaska and the Yukon" listing: Swift River Auto Camp. A Clyde Wann Enterprise. 10 rooms; modern plumbing; restaurants; tavern; minor auto repairs, gas, oil, tires; heated garage for winter storage; modern rest room and showers; general store; trailer space with electric plug-ins; $5.00 with double bed; $2.00 additional single bed.
  *   "Alaska Highway, Road to Yukon Adventure" (Canadian Government Travel Bureau, 1959): Mile 733.3 - Swift River Auto Camp. Accom., meals, gas & oil, repairs, store, warm car storage. Accommodates 30 people.
  *   Closed permanently in September 2009 - see Yukon News article. Demolished in September 2016.


Morley River Lodge, Alaska Highway
Morley River Lodge: Historic Mile 777.7, Km 1205.5 (old Km 1252)

Photo: June 27, 2008

  *   Lou Jacobin's 1958 "Guide to Alaska and the Yukon" listing: A Clyde Wann Enteprise. Rooms for families as well as single and double accommodations; modern plumbing; restaurant; minor car repair, gas, oil, tires, heated garage; cafe features fresh trout in season; groceries; trailer space; good fishing in nearby Morley Lake; boats for rent, guide available for big game hunting. Rooms $5.00 with double bed; $2.00 additional single bed.
  *   "Alaska Highway, Road to Yukon Adventure" (Canadian Government Travel Bureau, 1959): Accom., meals, gas & oil, store, warm car storage. Accommodates 30 people.
  *   The Milepost, 2002 listing: food, gas, camping and lodging.
  *   Closed permanently in 2005


Teslin - Historic Mile 804, Km 1244 (old Km 1294)


Teslin Motel - Historic Mile 803.9
  *   Lou Jacobin's 1958 "Guide to Alaska and the Yukon" listing: One of the pleasant stops on the Alaska Highway is the Teslin Motel. 11 rooms, rates $3 to $7.50 furnished well; fishing for lake trout, white fish, grayling and mackinaw; guide service; boats and motors; Garage; Chevron Gas and Oil, light repairs, tire service. Your hosts, Gordon and Edythe Crum.


Nisutlin Bay Lodge - Historic Mile 804.5 (operating in 1950)


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Fox Point Lodge: Historic Mile 807

Photo: postcard, 1960s

Chevron gas, motel, cafe, and hookups. Operated by Wes and Betty Doe.


Mukluk Annie's Salmon Bake, Alaska Highway
Mukluk Annie's Salmon Bake: Historic Mile 812, Km 1256.4 (old Km 1306.7)

Photo: August 30, 2011

  *   Owned by Teslin residents Chuck and Annie Kremer. In a Yukon News article from July 2006, Chuck said that that was going to be their final year in operation.
  *   The Milepost 2002 display ad promotes free RV parking, free water and dump station, free nightly houseboat rides for all salmon bake customers. Cafe open 7:00 am - 10:00 pm, salmon bake 11:00 am - 9:00 pm. Motel rooms available.


Canol Road Junction - Historic Mile 835, Km 1295 (old Km 1345)


Johnson's Crossing Lodge, Alaska Highway

Johnson's Crossing Lodge, Alaska Highway

Johnson's Crossing Lodge: Historic Mile 836, Km 1296.2 (old Km 1346)

Upper photo: postcard, 1950s (see another early Johnson's Crossing Lodge postcard)
Lower photo: April 15, 2008

  *   "Alaska Highway, Road to Yukon Adventure" (Canadian Government Travel Bureau, 1959): "Accom., meals, gas & oil, diesel oil, minor car repairs, boats, fishing guide, heated car storage." Accommodates 35 people, has telephone and/or telegraph service.


Silver Dollar Lodge - Historic Mile 843 (operating in 1950)


Jake's Corner, Alaska Highway

Jake's Corner, Alaska Highway

Jake's Corner: Historic Mile 866, Km 1341.5 (old Km 1392.5)

Upper photo: May 22, 2013
Lower photo: April 16, 2015

  *   The Milepost, 2014: Roman "Jake" Chaykowsky (1900-1995) operated Jake's Corner Service for many years. It was known locally as The Crystal Palace after the first lodge Chaykowsky had owned at Judas Creek, just up the road.


Crystal Palace Hotel - Historic Mile 872
  *   "Alaska Highway, Road to Yukon Adventure" (Canadian Government Travel Bureau, 1959): "Accom., meals, gas & oil, diesel fuel, store, general repairs, trailer space." Accommodates 40 people, has telephone and/or telegraph service.


Marsh Lake Lodge, Alaska Highway
Marsh Lake Lodge: Historic Mile 883

Photo: postcard, 1950s

  *   Lou Jacobin's 1958 "Guide to Alaska and the Yukon" listing: Well-known hunting and fishing lodge, noted for its modern 2-story hotel and high standard of service. "Midnite Sun" tours stop here over night; rooms feature "Beautyrest" mattresses, showers; well-appointed dining room, cocktail bar, tavern and snack bar; good food and fresh local game fish; outfitting for sportsmen; licensed guide; 36-ft. cabin cruiser and skiffs for casting and trolling; free trailer and camping space; possible plug-in on the lake shore; service station with modern rest rooms; other facilities include heated car garage; expert mechanic on hand; phone service. Located on enchanting Marsh Lake, this is an outstanding lodge, warm and cozy and popular with tourists and sportsmen. Your host and hostess, Mike and Mary Nolan.
  *   "Alaska Highway, Road to Yukon Adventure" (Canadian Government Travel Bureau, 1959): Accom., meals, gas & oil, repairs, hunting and fishing, boat cruisers and horse rental, guide services. Accommodates 40 people, has telephone and/or telegraph service.


Whitehorse (2 Mile Hill junction, the north access to downtown) - Historic Mile 918, Km 1425.4 (old Km 1475.6)


Whitehorse Inn Historic Mile 918
  *   Lou Jacobin's 1958 "Guide to Alaska and the Yukon" listing: The leading hotel of Whitehorse and the Yukon. This well-known 3-story hostelry has many modernly furnished rooms with bath and beds as comfortable as any found in the states; large lobby displaying trophies of the north; excellent dining room, coffee shop and fountain; tavern; bakery; taxi service and other conveniences; finest ballroom in the North; tourist information bureau. President and manager is T. C. Richards, pioneer and outstanding personality of Whitehorse.


North Klondike Highway Junction - ca. Historic Mile 925, Km 1437 (old Km 1487.2)


Champagne - Historic Mile 974 (the highway has been re-routed so there is no modern Km equivalent).


Cracker Creek - Historic Mile 987, Km 1534.8 (old Km 1590)
  *   "Alaska Highway, Canadian Section" (Canadian Government Travel Bureau, 1953): Acc., Meals, Gas & Oil (limited accommodations)


Otter Falls Lodge (Otter Falls Cutoff), Alaska Highway
Otter Falls Lodge (Otter Falls Cutoff): Historic Mile 995, Km 1546 (old Km 1602.2)

Photo: November 16, 2014


Haines Junction (Haines Highway junction) - Historic Mile 1016, Km 1578.5 (old Km 1635.3)


Kluane Park Inn, Alaska Highway
Kluane Park Inn: Haines Junction

Photo: July 2002


Gateway Motel, Alaska Highway
Gateway Motel; Alcan Motel: Haines Junction

Photo: July 2002


Mackintosh Lodge, Alaska Highway

Bear Creek Lodge (Mackintosh Lodge), Alaska Highway

Bear Creek Lodge (Mackintosh Lodge): Historic Mile 1022, Km 1589.1 (old Km 1646)

Upper photo: Postcard, 1950s
Lower photo: February 25, 2013 (the lodge was closed, and had been taken over by a logging company)

  *   Bear Creek Roadhouse was established in 1904 to serve gold miners traveling on the Kluane-Whitehorse Wagon Road. In the early 1940s the property was purchased by Dorothy Mackintosh, who built a new cafe from the logs of the original roadhouse.
  *   Lou Jacobin's 1958 "Guide to Alaska and the Yukon" listing: MacIntosh Lodge & Store. Old historic landmark, established long before Alaska Highway; ancient log buildings, rustic but clean, comfortable house-keeping cabins. Home cooking featured. Chevron gas station; tires and tire repairing; heated storage; Standard credit cards honored. Staple and fancy groceries, frozen and cured meats, cheese, etc. Alaskan crios. R. G. (Butch) and "Andy" Nygren, owners-operators.
  *   In its final years (until about 2006), the property went back to the old name, Bear Creek Lodge, and was operated by Bryant and Gail (?).


Side road to Silver City on the original Alaska Highway route - Historic Mile 1053, Km 1635.8 (old Km 1693)


Sheep Mountain Motel, Alaska Highway

Sheep Mountain Motel, Alaska Highway

Silver Creek Lodge; Sheep Mountain Motel: - Historic Mile 1054 (the highway has been re-routed so there is no modern Km equivalent).

Both photos: August 2, 2016

  *   Silver Creek Lodge thanked for good service in Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, Sept. 6, 1956.
  *   "Alaska Highway, Road to Yukon Adventure" (Canadian Government Travel Bureau, 1959) for Mile 1054: "Silver Creek Lodge. Accom., meals, gas & oil, store." 13 rooms, has telephone and/or telegraph service.
  *   The Walter Deane Slide Collection at the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center has a slide with the caption: "log roadhouse and Chevron gas station, with signs for Tubeless Tire Service, Standard Oil Products, and 'Husky pups for sale,' Sheep Mountain Motel and Cafe? print date Dec 66"
  *   Ad in the "Business Opportunities" section of the classifieds in the July 25, 1969, Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: "FOUR-UNIT MOTEL, cafe, garage, fully equipped. Full price $35,000, one half cash to handle. Full particulars potential buyers only, write Sheep Mountain Motel, Mile 1054, Alaska Highway, Yukon, Canada."
  *   2016, a Gulf gas station sign still standing on a property a few hundred meters to the south appears to be a different lodge/motel complex - Silver Creek Lodge and Sheep Mountain Motel may have been seperate businesses.


Kluane Lake Lodge, Alaska Highway

Kluane Lake Lodge, Alaska Highway

Kluane Lake Lodge: Historic Mile 1056, Km 1641 (old Km 1698.5)

Upper photo: July 14, 2015
Lower photo: August 1, 2016


Bayshore Lodge, Alaska Highway

Bayshore Lodge, Alaska Highway

Bayshore Lodge: Historic Mile 1064, ca. Km 1655 (old Km ca. 1711)

Upper photo: June 1, 2011
Lower photo: July 14, 2015


Talbot Arm Motel, Alaska Highway

Talbot Arm Motel, Alaska Highway

Talbot Arm Motel: Historic Mile 1083, Km 1684.5 (old Km 1743)

Upper photo: June 1, 2011
Lower photo: July 14, 2015

Built ca. 1964-1965 by Pieter Van Der Veen
32-room motel, restaurant, lounge, store, gas, RV services (2016)

Web site: TalbotArm.com


Destruction Bay Lodge, Alaska Highway

Destruction Bay Lodge, Alaska Highway

Destruction Bay Lodge: Historic Mile 1083.1, Km 1684.8 (old Km 1743.3)

Upper photo: postcard, 1960s
Lower photo: July 14, 2015

  *   Lou Jacobin's 1958 "Guide to Alaska and the Yukon" listing: Another station operated by the Clyde Wann Enterprises. 10 rooms, modern plumbing; restaurant, tavern; general store; telephone and telegraph service at repeater station across the highway; gas, oil, tires, heated garage, minor auto repairs. Rates: double $5.00; additional single bed $2.00.
  *   "Alaska Highway, Road to Yukon Adventure" (Canadian Government Travel Bureau, 1959): Accom., meals, gas & oil, store, warm car storage. Accommodates 20 people, has telephone and/or telegraph service.


Kluane Inn / Burwash Landing Lodge, Alaska Highway

Kluane Inn / Burwash Landing Lodge, Alaska Highway

Kluane Inn / Burwash Landing Lodge: Historic Mile 1093, Km 1701 (old Km 1759)

Upper photo: 1948, from "North to the Yukon Territory via the Alcan Highway in 1948: Field Notes of the Andover-Harvard Expedition" by Elmer Harp, Jr.
Lower photo: September 7, 2008

  *   1950 AAA publication "Alaska and the Alaska Highway" listing: Kluane Inn, 19 rooms, 4 showers. Single $2.50, double $4.50. Rustic, very comfortable.
  *   "Alaska Highway, Road to Yukon Adventure" (Canadian Government Travel Bureau, 1959): Burwash Lodge. Accom., meals, store, gas & oil, minor car repairs, trailer space, fishing facilities. Accommodates 70 people, has telephone and/or telegraph service.


Joe's Airport Lodge - ca. Historic Mile 1095, ca. Km 1704.6 (old Km ca. 1763)
  *   Lou Jacobin's 1958 "Guide to Alaska and the Yukon" listing: Opposite airplane flight strip. Clean motel with showers. Inside plumbing and all other facilities for a pleasant stopover; rooms for 35; rates: $3 single to $5 double; cafe serving meals, lunches, beer: cocktail lounge; truckers' dormitory; gas, oil. Heated garage 120' by 32' for trucks and trailers. Largest garage in territory, also room for 16 passenger cars. Chevron Products, 24 hour emergency service. Telephone and telegraph. Bus stop. Largest storage facilities on the highway, expert first class mechanic for auto repair; catering to motorists and truckers; free parking for trailers. Only arteslan well in the Yukon, with 100 gallons a minute. You are invited to stop and have a drink of pure artesian well water - and look around. Ethel and Joe Chouinard, owners and operators will make you welcome.
  *   "Alaska Highway, Road to Yukon Adventure" (Canadian Government Travel Bureau, 1959): Accom., meals, gas & oil, repairs, warm car storage. Accommodates 40 people, has telephone and/or telegraph service.


Kluane Wilderness Village, Alaska Highway
Travellers Services; Mount Kennedy Motel; Kluane Wilderness Village (a.k.a. "Trout's Place"): Historic Mile 1118, Km 1737 (old Km 1797.2)

Photo: September 11, 1999

  *   The Milepost 2014: Kluane Wilderness Village (closed since fall 2006, current status unknown) began as Travellers Services (Yukon) Ltd., and was later known as Mount Kennedy Motel, in about 1964-65. By 1976 the business name appeared as Kluane Wilderness Village, owned and managed by John Trout and Joseph Frigon and later run by John and his wife, Liz.


Mountain View Lodge - ca. Historic Mile 1127, Km 1754.3 (old Km 1814.6)


Pine Valley Lodge, Alaska Highway
Pine Valley Lodge: Historic Mile 1147, Km 1783.1 (old Km 1844.8)

Photo: June 1, 2011


Koidern River Lodge (Koidern River Fishing Lodge), Alaska Highway

Koidern River Lodge (Koidern River Fishing Lodge), Alaska Highway

Koidern River Lodge (Koidern River Fishing Lodge): Historic Mile 1164, Km 1810 (old Km 1872.6)

Upper photo: September 11, 1999
Lower photo: June 1, 2011

  *   Operated by Jim and Dorothy Cook until about 2010
  *   The Milepost 2014: Jim and Dorothy Cook's Koidern River Lodge has been here since 1969. When they are open in the summer they sell souvenirs, snacks and pop; pay phone; and gas/diesel.
  *   In November 2016, Dorothy Cook was advertising the 10-acre property for sale.


Bear Flats Lodge, Alaska Highway

Bear Flats Lodge, Alaska Highway

Rover's Inn; Northwest Trading Post; Koidern Gulf Services; Bear Flats Lodge: Historic Mile 1167, Km 1815 (old Km 1877.6)

Upper photo: September 11, 1999
Lower photo:

  *   "Alaska Highway, Road to Yukon Adventure" (Canadian Government Travel Bureau, 1959) at Mile 1167: "Rover's Inn. Gas & oil, minor car repairs." Has telephone and/or telegraph service.
  *   The Milepost 2014: Remains of Bear Flats Lodge at Koidern, which operated from 1973 until it closed in 1992. During the early days of the Alaska Highway, this was a highway maintenance camp and telephone and telegraph station. A number of businesses have operated here over the years: Rover's Inn in the 1950s; Northwest Trading Post 1960s; and Koidern Gulf Services 1970.


White River Lodge, Alaska Highway

White River Lodge, Alaska Highway

White River Lodge; White River Crossing Trading Post & RV Park; Discovery Yukon Lodgings: Historic Mile 1169, Km 1818 (old Km 1882)

Upper photo: September 11, 1999
Lower photo: August 1, 2015

  *   The site was originally developed by the US Army as a base camp and officers' quarters during the construction of the Alaska Highway. In the following years it operated as a highway lodge, being at its peak in the 1990s when it was open 24 hours, offering a restaurant, fuel, and accommodations.
  *   "Alaska Highway, Road to Yukon Adventure" (Canadian Government Travel Bureau, 1959): "Accom., with bath, meals, gas & oil, repairs and towing service, store, trailer space." 10 rooms, has telephone and/or telegraph service.

Web site: DiscoveryYukon.com


Dry Creek Lodge, Alaska Highway Historic Mile 1184, 1950
Dry Creek Lodge: Historic Mile 1184

Photo: 1950 (from "Investigation of Airfield Drainage, Arctic and Subarctic Regions")


Paul Niemann's Lodge and Trading Post - Historic Mile 1191
Operated by Paul and Agnes Niemann. Margaret Nieman Glazier (1950-1998), Chief of the White River First Nation for 10 years, was the fifth of their nine children.


Beaver Creek - Historic Mile 1202, Km 1870.6 (old Km 1934.5)


Alas/Kon Border Lodge, Alaska Highway

Westmark Inn Beaver Creek, Alaska Highway

Beaver Creek Lodge; Alas/Kon Border Lodge; Westmark Inn Beaver Creek; Beaver Creek RV Park & Motel: Historic Mile 1202, Km 1870.6 (old Km 1934.5)

Upper photo: postcard, 1960s
Lower photo: June 2, 2011

  *   Lou Jacobin's 1958 "Guide to Alaska and the Yukon" listing: Just finished in spring of 1955, this is the finest of the Clyde Wann lodges and is sure to please the motorist; total of 37 rooms, 15 with hot and cold water; two with private baths. Dining room, tavern, lounge; 24-hour garage service, gas and diesel fuel; credit cards honored. A modern, complete Clyde Wann station. Canada Customs offices will move next door in autumn of 1955, meaning an added convenience.
  *   Westmark Hotel closed in 2014
  *   2015, bought by Beat and Jyl Ledergerber, who re-named it Beaver Creek RV Park & Motel (another article).


Buckshot Betty's, Beaver Creek, Alaska Highway
Buckshot Betty's:

Photo: June 1, 2011


Ida's Motel & Cafe, Alaska Highway
Ida's Motel & Cafe:

Photo: June 1, 2011

Opened in the 1950s by Gene and Ida McCabe. The first building was log and was destroyed by fire.
Burned in 2002, new buildings opened in 2003.

Web site: stopinfamilyhotel.ca/idasmotel


Beaver Creek Motel
Owned by Rose & John McPhail; closed in 1979.


1202 Motor Inn, Alaska Highway

1202 Motor Inn, Alaska Highway

1202 Motor Inn:

Upper photo: June 1, 2011
Lower photo: July 8, 2004

Web site: 1202MotorInn.ca


Sourdough Inn - Historic Mile 1210
1948, built by Pete Eikland below Sourdough Hill - "last stop on Canadian side"


Canada/U.S. Border - Historic Mile 1221, Km 1902.5 (old Km 1967.5)


Scotty Creek Lodge, Alaska Highway
Scotty Creek Lodge: Historic Mile 1226.

Photo: postcard, 1950s

  *   In 1958, operated by Fred and Betty Lappi.


Northway Junction - Historic Mile 1261, Modern Mile 1259


Riverside Lodge - Historic Mile 1281
  *   Lou Jacobin's 1958 "Guide to Alaska and the Yukon" listing: Main lodge accommodations for 30 and 3 cabins accommodating 10-12. Single, $6.00; Double $8.00; room with 2 double beds, $9.00. Cafe features excellent food. Radiant baseboard heat, thermostatically controlled; telephone; heated garage, plug in for block heaters, minor auto repairs, tires and tire repair, Chevron Gas and Oil Products. Air strip ½ mile from lodge. Hubert Sager, Jr. pilot. Your host, Hubert H. Sager.


Tetlin Junction Lodge, Alaska Highway

Tetlin Junction Lodge, Alaska Highway

Forty-Mile Roadhouse; Tetlin Junction Lodge: Historic Mile 1301 (old Mile 1306)

Both photos: June 2, 2011

  *   Lou Jacobin's 1958 "Guide to Alaska and the Yukon" listing: At Tetlin Junction where the new Taylor highway to Dawson joins Alaska Highway; 9 new heated log cabins and bunkhouse accommodations for 30 persons; plug in for trailers; excellent meals; groceries; heated storage for 25 cars; Chevron Gas and Standard Oil Stations, 24 hour wrecker service including repairs, greasing, lubrication, accessories, tires and tire repairs; long distance telephone; information on Taylor Highway; welcome to trailerites; scheduled bus stop, Alaska Tours bus stop; visitors invited to view collection of Indian handicrafts from adjoining Tetlin Reservation; Siberian Huskies kennel, bred for racing and for sale. Rates: single $3.00, double $6.00-$7.00. Owned and operated by Mr. and Mrs. Ray Scoby.
  *   Opened for 2-3 years for the Alaska Highway 1992 anniversary, then closed again.


Tok - Historic Mile 1314


Tok Lodge, Alaska Highway, 1948

Tok Lodge, Alaska Highway, 1948

Tok Lodge: Historic Mile 1314

Upper photo: by "Sarge" and Lorrie, September 14, 1948.
Lower photo: from Lou Jacobin's 1958 "Guide to Alaska and the Yukon"

  *   Lou Jacobin's 1958 "Guide to Alaska and the Yukon" listing: Half mile from Tok Junction, where Anchorage-bound motorists turn left on the Glenn Highway (commonly called Tok Cut-off) and Fairbanks travelers keep straight ahead. You must clear U. S. customs and immigration at Tok Junction. Tok Lodge is one of the best lodges along the highway, where everything is new, modern and unusually attractive; complete hotel facilities, excellent meals, women cooks, and coffee shop where lunches are served at all hours; cocktail bar; car storage, garage, general store and curio shop in connection; clothing at stateside prices (White Stag and Black Bear). Holeproof hosiery; jewelry, Eskimo postcards, photography supplies cameras, film. New 12-room addition with private baths completed in 1953. Accommodations for 60; singles, doubles, combinations to fit your needs. Rates: single or double $8.00. Owned by Erma Evans. Jack M. Marler, Manager.


 , Alaska Highway
Parker House: Historic Mile 1314

Photo: from Lou Jacobin's 1958 "Guide to Alaska and the Yukon"

  *   Lou Jacobin's 1958 "Guide to Alaska and the Yukon" listing: There are 10 rooms at the Parker House, rates $6 to $10. Hot and cold water in all rooms, 2 rooms with private bath. Radiant baseboard heat thermostatically controlled. Cafe and dining room serving excellent food. Mr. and Mrs. Hubert A. Parker are hosts. This new hotel, opened in June, 1956, has heated garage facilities for 8 cars, plug ins for head bolt heaters, Telephone 50 in Tok Junction.


Dot Lake Lodge - Historic Mile 1368


Halfway Inn; George Lake Lodge - Historic Mile 1385
  *   Lou Jacobin's 1958 "Guide to Alaska and the Yukon" listing: Formerly the Halfway Inn, this oldest lodge ls now under management of Bud and Billie-June Coiley. Clean rooms, good food, gas, tires, minor repairs; towing; new airstrip; centrally located for good fishing and hunting; fishing trips to Lake George, 7 mi. distant.


Delta Junction - Historic Mile 1428, Modern Mile 1422


Buffalo Lodge - Historic Mile 1428
  *   Lou Jacobin's 1958 "Guide to Alaska and the Yukon" listing: At the junction of the Richardson and Alaska Highways; modern lodge; clean, rooms with restful beds; meals from 6 a.m.; cocktail lounge; gas and oil. Best of grayling fishing in nearby Clearwater Creek; photographers and sightseers may often see herds of wild buffalo, as this is the center of their grazing grounds; double twin bed room, $7.00. Owned by George Norton.


Bay's Hotel - Historic Mile 1428
  *   Lou Jacobin's 1958 "Guide to Alaska and the Yukon" listing: Modern two-story hostelry at Delta Junction; 20 rooms with bath. Large dining room and well appointed cocktail lounge. Owned and operated by Hubert H. Sager, who also owns Riverside Lodge, Mile 1281, Alaska Highway. Rates: Single, $5; double, $10.




Cold River Lodge
Cold River Lodge: at this point, I'm not even sure that this lodge was on the Alaska Highway, but it appears to be.

Photo: Bill Lythgoe, ca. 1950s.

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