* 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.
* The Milepost, 1954: "Do Stop Inn - a new establishment opened in 1952 with rooms, meals, cabins, gas and oil service including Texaco, Chevron, and B.A., with credit cards accepted, minor car repairs and tires. Telephone and telegraph. Trailer space with electric connections available. Information is given on hunting and fishing in the area. The owners are Mr. and Mrs. Jack Christy."
* November 20, 1957, Fairbanks News-Miner Progress Edition: "Dew Stop Inn - Mile 528. 5 Rooms and Cabins... heated with NORGAS for your comfort. Cafe with Delicious Meals
OPEN FROM 6 A.M. TIL 12 P.M. Gasoline and Minor Repairs."
* "Alaska Highway, Road to Yukon Adventure" (Canadian Government Travel Bureau, 1959) just says "Accom."
* The Milepost, 1952: "The Owl's Nest, a new highway service still under construction, but already open for business with gas and oil service, tires and tire repairs, light lunches, minor car repairs, and Diesel fuel for trucks. Cabins are planned for completion about mid-season. This is the last stop for 'Esso' credit cards for northbound traffic. Owned and operated by Tom DesBrisay."
* The Milepost, 1971: "D.C. 543 (F. 977) - Riverview Esso Service and Store, gas, oil and naptha carried. Atlas products, including tires and tubes; tire repair and lubrication, minor car repairs. Groceries and camping supplies sold. Excellent water supply, dumping station; overnight parking $1. Trailer parking space. B.C. fishing licenses sold. All credit cards honored. Friendly service. Owner and operator is A. R. 'Mac' McDonald."
Liard Lodge (Lower Post) - Historic Mile 620
* May 9, 1947: "The Alaska Highway is gradually coming into its own. To take care of its passenger business the B. Y. N. Co. have constructed the following hotels and intermediate lunch and rest rooms:
Leaving Whitehorse southbound, they have a coffee shop, with limited overnight accommodations at Rancheria, Mile Post 710. The. first overnight stop is at 'Liard Lodge', Lower Post, M. P. 620, a comfortable hostel providing rooms end meals for 40 persons." (Whitehorse Star)
* July 13, 1947 listing of lodges: "Mile 620, Lower Post, B.C. - Store, meals, gas, oil, 40 beds." (Spokane Spokesman-Review)
* "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.
* December 2, 1950: "Liard Lodge and post office, operated for the British Yukon Navigation Company bus line by Herb and Vi Johnson, is a neat white-and-red lodge with indoor plumbing. Showers, no less!" (The Vancouver Sun)
Christy's Lodge & Trading Post (Lower Post) - Historic Mile 620
* December 2, 1950: "The Hudson's Bay store remains the chief store of the village, but it has competition in Christy's. J. H. Christy stands ready to serve out gas and oil and repairs on your car, sell you a loaf of bread and butter to go with it, dish out snacks or full-course meals, and even bed you down for the night." (The Vancouver Sun)
* The Milepost, 1952: "Christy's Lodge & Trading Post, at the 'B. A.
Sign.' An all round establishment at Lower Post, offering lodgings, a cafe open from 7 a.m. to midnight, general store with groceries, hardware, clothing, dry goods and raw furs. Garage service includes gas, oil, tires, accessories, welding and wrecking. This is headquarters for Blue & White Freight Lines and also a taxi and charter plane service, thereby supplying 3 modes of transportation to most points in the north. Pack trains, guides, and advance information are available to hunting parties. Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Christy, the owners, welcome mail and personal inquiries."
* The Milepost, 1954: "Christy's Lower Post Hotel & Trading Post (AHA) - with all facilities for the motorist. The hotel provides clean rooms at moderate rates, with 4 modern shower baths and 5 washrooms conveniently located to all rooms. This is a BYN bus stop, and favored by tourists who wish to see the genuine old-time Indian village on the nearby Liard River. Other services include dining room, telephone, telegraph, and post office. At the long-established trading post, near the hotel, and jointly operated, groceries, raw furs, general merchandise and gas and oil are handled, (Texaco, Chevron & B.A.) with these credit cards accepted. Sleeping cabins, heated car storage, expert car repairs, tires, welding and towing, and taxi service are all available at the trading post, and trailer space with plug-ins may be arranged at the hotel. The owners welcome mail inquiries regarding accommodation or advance information for hunting parties seeking guide service and/or pack trains. Address Mr. and Mrs. Jack Christy, Lower Post, B.C."
* November 20, 1957, Fairbanks News-Miner Progress Edition: "Lower Post - Mile 620. 22 Rooms and showers, some rooms with private baths, rooms heated with NORGAS. Reservations accepted. Gas and Oil, all credit cards accepted. This lodge is on the regular bus service . . . also charter bus lines accommodations . . . Cafe is open from 6am to 12 pm. . a tavern to refresh yourself. Garage open the year round with minor and major repairs . . . electric & accet. welding . . . telephone and telegraph service ... Big game arrangements made. Charter air service available. NORGAS propane dealer - fill your tank here. Mr. & Mrs. Jack Christey, Owners."
|Lower Post Hotel (Lower Post) - Historic Mile 620
Upper photo: postcard, ca. 1960.
Lower photo: The Milepost, 1971 edition.
* The Milepost, 1952: "Lower Post Hotel, one of the larger stopping places, and an overnight bus stop. (Reservations advisable in the summer.) 25 rooms, convenient to inside plumbing and showers for ladies and gentlemen, (4 shower baths and 5 washrooms.) Other facilities are a dining room, gas and oil service, tires and minor car
repairs. Operated by Lorne G. Wanamaker."
* October 24, 1957: "WANTED by November 1, 1957 - cooks and garage mechanics. Reply giving full particulars as to age, experience, salary expected to Lower Post Hotel, Mile 620, Alaska Highway, B.C." (Edmonton Journal)
* August 28, 1958: "AT ONCE cooks and waitresses. Steady employment, $250 clear, $130 for waitress. Must be experienced, reliable, non drinkers, no children. Airmail age and particulars. Lower Post Hotel, Lower Post, B.C." (Edmonton Journal)
* July 15, 1959: "Beer parlor, lounge and dining lounge licences have been issued by the Liquor Control Board to the Lower Post Hotel, 620 miles north of Dawson Creek on the Alaska Highway." (The Province)
* January 25, 1962: "Christies Sell Lower Post.
Purchase of the Lower Post Hotel at Lower Post B.C., Mile 620 Alaska Highway, was announced January 22 by Alec Wood and Jack Owens, both Vancouver men and both formerly in the hotel business. They have purchased from Flo and Jack Christy, previous resident owners and managers, not only the Lower Post Hotel but also the store and garage, the now empty Hudson Bay building, the Christy residence and the land previously owned in Lower Post by the Christies.
Owens and Wood took over management of the hotel January 22 but the two men and the Christies are still engaged in stock-taking, prior to completion of the transaction. When this is finished, the Christies plan to leave Lower Post on extended holiday. Mr. Christy said their future plans are not finalized.
The Christys had lived at Mile 620 since 1947." (Whitehorse Star)
* August 2, 1967: "Lower Post - A 29-year-old man suffered severe head injuries Tuesday when he was struck in the head by a metal ring blown off a truck wheel by 80 pounds of air pressure. Alfred Evans, a partner in the Lower Post hotel and garage, was flown to Vancouver after an emergency operation and is in fair condition in the Vancouver General Hospital. His partner, Jack Owen, said Evans was checking the air pressure after changing a truck tire when a metal ring on the tire rim blew off." (The Vancouver Sun)
* The Milepost, 1971: "D.C. 620 (F. 900) - Lower Post Hotel, Store and Garage, Lower Post, B. C., one of the largest establishments on the highway and open all year. Equipped for practically all travel needs. Hotel rooms with or without private bath, adjoining family rooms, hot and cold water in all rooms, comfortable guest lounge, also lounge rooms for sociable relaxation. Choice of dining room and coffee shop open 7 a.m. Canadian Coachways Bus agents. The general store sells groceries, fresh meats, hardware, clothing, film, soft drinks and souvenirs. Garage with heated storage, general repairs, tires sold and repaired. Towing. Gulf Products with affiliated credit cards honored.
Information on hunting and fishing, and licensed guide service arranged. Reservations accepted, phone 538-0306. Being close to Yukon border, Yukon Standard time is used here. The resident managers: Jack Owen and Al Edwards."
* March 14, 1974: "Robert Hauselman, owner of the Lower Post Hotel, has
been fined $100 after pleading guily to trafficking in moose meat. He was charged after a conservation officer ordered and received a moose meat sandwich in the hotel." (The Vancouver Sun)
* July 18, 1974: "Lower Post, on the Alaska Highway about two miles
south of the Yukon border, is cut off from the rest of B.C. by a washout about 25 miles south. 'We only have 18 rooms and we're completely full,' said Lower Post Hotel owner Don McDowell. 'We even have a bus load of tourists from Pennsylvania who checked in last night and can't go south because of the wash-outs. 'But we will be all right for food because we can drive to Watson Lake in the Yukon in about half an hour. The road to Watson Lake is in pretty good shape and the sun is shining now.' He said tourists in Watson Lake and Lower Post are not stranded because, if they have to, they can fly south from Watson Lake which is served by scheduled air line flights connecting to southern B.C."
The next day, McDowell said the bus had returned to Whitehorse to take a ferry south, so the hotel had rooms available. He had run out of beer to sell, though. (The Vancouver Sun)
* September 25, 1978: "Business Opportunity for mechanic. For Lease: Gulf Service Station, two bay garage, adjacent to Lower Post Hotel, Mile 620 Alaska Hwy, Contact Doug or Pat 538-3361 for details." (Whitehorse Star)
* June 24, 1986: "Watson Lake RCMP are investigating a fire that levelled three buildings in Lower Post, B.C. recently and they suspct arson. RCMP Sgt. Al Wasylenka said one of the buildings - the Lower Post Hotel - had been abandoned for seven or eight years. Two adjacent houses which burned had also been empty at the time of the fire, he said. 'They were all vacant and ramshackle.' Police were called to the scene at about 5:50 a.m. June 11. By the time they and the Watson Lake fire department had arrived, the buildings had been pretty well burnt down, said Wasylenka.
Border Inn - Historic Mile 620.3
* The Milepost, 1954 edition: "M. 620.3 (Fbks. 906.7) - The Border Inn, Lower Post, 6.7 miles from the Yukon-B.C. border, with sleeping rooms furnished with innerspring-equipped beds, and serving American style home cooked meals. Gas and oil is sold with B.A. and affiliated credit cards accepted. Information on hunting and fishing for this area is gladly furnished, and the Operators are agents for class "A" guides, and arrange for outfitting and pack or saddle horses. The operators are Butler and Marshall."
Watson Lake - Historic Mile 635, Km 980 (old Km 1021)
Watson Lake - Historic Mile 635
* July 13, 1947 listing of lodges: "Mile 634, Watson Lake, Y.T. - Store, meals, gas, oil." (Spokane Spokesman-Review)
Jac & Mac's Cafe & Auto Camp - Historic Mile 635
* The Milepost, 1952: "Jac & Mac's Cafe & Auto Camp, with heated rooms, shower, and inside plumbing, and during the summer season, private housekeeping cabins. The cafe is open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Beer, soft drinks and ice cream are served, and there is garage service including heated car storage, repairs, gas, oil and tires. Parking space with electric plug-ins is available for trailerites, and groceries are carried for the convenience of all travelers. The owner and operator is Jack Ward."
* The Milepost, 1954: "Jac & Mac's Cafe & Auto Camp, with heated rooms, shower, and inside plumbing, and during the summer season, private housekeeping cabins. The cafe is open from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Beer, soft drinks and ice cream are served, and there is garage service including heated car storage, repairs, gas, oil and tires. Parking space is available for trailerites, and groceries are carried for the convenience of all travelers. The owner and operator is Jack Ward."
* April 1958, Jac and Mac Auto Court Ltd., J. T. Ward, manager, applied for a license to sell liquor in a cocktail lounge.
* 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.
Watson Lake Hotel - Historic Mile 635
* The Milepost, 1952: "Watson Lake Hotel, one of the most outstanding and attractive buildings on the highway, this is a modern two-story rustic log structure, with a pleasant cafe, immaculately clean rooms, (tub or shower baths), and a tavern in connection. There is also a grocery store operated by the management. This hotel caters
to family trade seeking a pleasant and restful 'break' in the highway trip. The owner-managers are I. C. and Ray McDevitt."
* The Milepost, 1954: "Watson Lake Hotel (AHA) - an attractive 2-story log structure to which has been recently added a twin 2-story annex. There are 23 double and triple rooms, furnished with box spring and innerspring beds, wall to wall carpeting, with all rooms convenient to both tub and shower baths. The dining room opens at 6 a.m. and the tavern-lounge opens at 7 a.m., and both close at midnight. Situated back from highway noise, the hotel is convenient to a modern garage and a trading post. Information
is furnished to sportsmen and sightseers on charter plane service, with either small or
large planes available. Both taxi service and long distance phone are available at hotel. Owned and operated by Jim Lund and Roy McDevitt."
Upper Liard Lodge: Historic Mile 642.6, Km 991.7 (old Km 1032.7)
* Aerial photo: For sale ad, May 31, 2006.
* Photo: May 7, 2009
* The Milepost, 1952: "Upper Liard Hotel & Watson Lake Garage, humorously referred to by the operators as 'The bush-country Statler' because of their effort to emulate the friendly hospitality and service of the famed Statler Hotels. Heated rooms are provided - several have private showers and toilets, with plenty of hot water. The cafe
is 'Diner' style, serving short orders, and there is an adjoining tavern. Separate trailer space has electric plug-ins. The garage is equipped for complete repair service with special parts procurement by daily plane, and an expert mechanic is in charge. Other services include heated storage for 8 cars, gas and oil, a night bell for late arrivals,
and competent guides, boats and outboards for sports fishing on the famed Liard River. Reverse charge reservations are accepted. Standard and Imperial credit cards honored. Operated under Tolman management."
* The Milepost, 1954: "No 1954 information."
* "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."
* October 6, 2004, Upper Liard Lodge is for sale for $680,000. "Stop! Upper Liard Lodge is a sleeping beauty. This 18.9 acre complex on the Alaska Highway and beautiful Liard River is quite a complex. The lodge building is 2245 sq ft with a rustic Yukon lounge, coffee shop, off sales, take out window, and area that could be a store. This lodge is the business centre for the community of 400 and is known for its exceptional food. Motel, cabins and shower/laundry building are absolutely immaculate and inviting. The owner's home is spacious and very comfortable. Rental income from 3 trailers, two lots to this property with lodge and buildings fronting the Alaska Highway. Lot 70 has campground and area for RV park right across the road from Vista 9 Hole Golf Course! Lot 70 has been surveyed and lots subdivided. You have option to use this area as RV Park or sell the lots adjacent to the golf course."
* May 31, 2006, price reduced to $550,000.
Stewart-Cassiar Highway Junction - Historic Mile 649, Km 1001.6 (old Km 1043)
Transport Cafe; Transport Motel; Frontier Villa: Historic Mile 687
* The Milepost, 1952: "Transport Cafe, meals, gas and oil. The owners are Len and Myrtle Kieffer."
* The Milepost, 1954: "Transport Cafe & Gas Stop, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, with snacks and hot sandwiches at all times during business hours. (Open until 10:30 p.m., closed Sundays.) Ice cream, soft drinks and cigarettes are sold, minor auto repairs and tire repairs available. Gas and oil service with Standard Oil and affiliated crédit cards accepted. The owners and operators are Len and Myrtle Kieffer."
* "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.
* 1960s, John and Netta Desrosier "bought a property from British American Oil (later Gulf) about 80 kilometres from the town of Watson Lake and beside the Lower Rancheria River. There were three trailers on the place, and an old building; Netta was there to clean and paint while John was prospecting. Before there was running water or electricity on the place, Netta was approached by John Jamieson and Ray Magnusson from the Department of Highways; they needed someone to cook for their road crew. These fellows promised to get the water and power happening if she would take on the job. She did, and they did, and soon the Cassiar truck drivers asked if she and John would keep the business open 24 hours a day to accommodate their near-constant traffic. For the next seven years, the Desrosiers worked. Netta worked days and John worked nights. If there was a tire to be fixed, whoever was up would wake the other. Their business had the highest fuel sales in the Yukon. At one time, Netta counted 40 semis in their yard. How, I wanted to know, was it possible that they had two children during this time? "Once in awhile, one of the truckers would offer to watch the grill so we could get some rest,"says Netta, with a reminiscent smile. The smile is nowhere in evidence when asked if she liked the highway lodge life. "You couldnt pay me enough to ever have another lodge." Karla, the eldest of the two, started school in Whitehorse, boarding with John and Ruth Jamieson during the week and coming home to Transport for the weekends. Before the next school year, John and Netta closed the lodge." Yukon News, January 8, 2009.
* July 23, 1967, 12-year-old Corinne Conway was found by RCMP after being gone from the Transport Lodge for a day and a half. Corinne's uncle was John Desrosier, and she and her mother were visiting.
* June 9, 1969, John and Netta Desrosier at Frontier Villa have sold their trailer units. They will operate them until the fall and then replace them with cabins. (Whitehorse Star)
* The Milepost, 1971 edition: "D.C. 687.2 (F. 832.8)- Frontier Villa
Motor Hotel - Transport Cafe and Garage. Open 24 HOURS. Rooms and modern motel units with kitchenettes. Heated storage. Pets welcome. Good fishing in the Rancheria River. Motel and garage open winter and summer. Phone 403-6453 Swift River. Owner-operators John and Netta Des Rosiers."
* November 23, 1984, the 7.64 acres of titled property is for sale by a bank, for $20,000 or offer.
Rancheria Lodge; Rancheria Hotel; Rancheria Motel: Historic Mile 710, Km 1100 (old Km 1143.8)
* Ad: The Milepost, 1992 edition
* Both photos: February 24, 2014
* opened in October 1946 - see an article by Les McLaughlin.
* July 13, 1947 listing of lodges: "Mile 710, Rancheria, Y.T. - Meals, gas and oil, 10 beds." (Spokane Spokesman-Review)
* "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.
* The Milepost, 1952: "Rancheria Hotel, situated in the most northerly
spur of the Canadian Rockies, the beautiful Cassiar Mountains, this lodge is surrounded by rugged alpine scenery, and stands near the shore of a pretty little lake nestled in the evergreens. A homelike atmosphere is maintained and fine cookery is served in the dining
room. There are accommodations for 35 persons with all rooms adjacent to plumbing facilities. Services include a separate beverage room, grocery store, trailer space with electric plug-ins, and gas, oil, tires and tire repairs. The owners are Bud and Doris Simpson."
* May 29, 1953: "Wanted - Lady partner for $3,000 for half interest on finest lodge in Yukon Territory. Apply Peter Boyko, Rancheria Cafe, Mile 710, Alaska Highway." (Whitehorse Star)
* The Milepost, 1954: "Rancheria Hotel (AHA) - situated in the most northerly spur of the Rockies - the Cassiar Mountains, and surrounded by rugged alpine country, this hotel is on the shore of a small lake amid evergreen forest. A homelike atmosphere is maintained, with meals served family style. All rooms are convenient to modern plumbing and showers, with accommodations for 35 persons. Other services include a separated beverage room, groceries, trailer space with electric connections, gas and oil (credit cards accepted) and tire repairs. The owners are Bud and Doris Simpson."
* July 24, 1958: "[wildfires] were burning in three different places along the highway between Whitehorse and Watson Lake, with the worst section being around Mile 710, All around Rancheria lodge at this point the woods are burned, he said, although the lodge itself was safe." (Whitehorse Star)
* "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.
* March 10, 1960, William Howard Simpson applied for a licence to sell liquor at the Rancheria Hotel Cocktail Lounge.
* May 27, 1961, a large wildfire burned a mining camp along the highway two miles south of the lodge. Fires were still burning in the area in late August.
* April 9, 1962, the owner's 19-year-old son Peter rescued a couple who had to make an emergency landing at a remote strip 13 miles from the lodge. (Whitehorse Star)
* October 8, 1964: "Trailer house - like new, 45x10. Cost over $7,000. Will sell for $45.00. Can be seen at Rancheria Hotel, Mile 710, Doris or Bud Simpson."
* February 23, 1967: "Private Sale - Lodge on Alaska Highway. Owner retiring after 27 years. Popular truck stop. Liquor license. Accommodations for over 50 guests. Phone or write Rancheria Hotel, Mile 710, Y.T., Canada." (Fairbanks Daily News-Miner)
* March 20, 1967, in article "Up-grading at Yukon Hotels": "Rancheria Motel, M.P. 710. New enlarged windows installed in the main lodge building; partitions removed in cafe to increase capacity; new wall panelling and flooring installed." (Whitehorse Star)
* September 1967, the Simpson family sold the lodge. "When turned over to the new owners last year, Rancheria consisted of 12 rooms, six motel units, a large manager's suite, cocktail lounge, a much larger cafe, large garage and gas service." (Whitehorse Star, June 20, 1968)
* January 9, 1969: "RANCHERIA LODGE BURNS: Another Alaska Highway landmark was the victim of fire this week when the main building at the Rancheria, Mile 710 was destroyed despite efforts of owner-managers Ken and Vi Green to extinguish the flames. The building was unoccupied at the time and had been closed during the cold weather. Mr. Green, who has purchased the property from original owners Bud and Doris Simpson, intends to rebuild in the spring. Nearby buildings were unharmed. Rancheria survived the forest fires of ten years ago when the Simpson family fought back the flames after being surrounded and cut off for several days." (Whitehorse Star)
* The Milepost, 1971 edition: "D.C. 710 (F. 810) - Rancheria Hotel and
Motel, in Cassiar Mountains, on the wooded shore of a small lake. A popular family stop. Choice of new motel units with private bath, or kitchenette apartments, all with individual heat control; also hotel rooms with central baths (showers). Dining room serving full meals and short orders. Separate cocktail lounge and liquor store. Groceries sold. Chevron Products, affiliated credit cards honored. Tires sold and repaired. Warm car storage. Telephone. Open all year. Summers, 6 a.m. to midnight. Winters, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Continuous ownership since 1946, your hosts Bud and Doris Simpson."
* July 13, 1988, heavy rain has caused slides that closed the Alaska Highway at several points, including one 150 feet from the Rancheria Lodge.
* over the winter of 1993-1994, rumours went around that the Rancheria Terrirorial Campground was going to be turned over to the lodge owners to operate. Tat didn't happen - the government just closed the campground (Whitehorse Star, February 7, 1994)
* June 11, 2012, heavy rain has caused slides that closed the Alaska Highway both north and south of Rancheria.
* The lodge operators both died in 2018, and the lodge was closed that Fall. Linda Bouchard died in February 2018 from cancer, and Denis Bouchard died in September 2018 from injuries suffered in a highway accident near the lodge.
* 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)
* built in the early 1970s.
* October 11, 1985, for sale, with the price reduced from $145,000 to $100,000 due to health problems.
* April 7, 1986, completely destroyed by a fire. Mel Holloway was the owner.
* March 15, 1991, the 1.6 acre site with 400 feet of highway frontage is for sale. By March 1993 the price was $24,000. The final ad was in January 1995.
|Devil's Paw Lodge; Great Divide Lodge; Walker's Continental Divide Lodge - Historic Mile 721, Km 1118 (old Km 1161.6)
Upper photo: March 23, 2007
Middle photo: August 22, 2011
Lower photo: August 23, 2017
* March 30, 1973, Charles Buchanan is building the Devil's Paw lodge at Mile 721. (Whitehorse Star)
* November 15, 1974, Charles Buchanan applied for a licence to sell beer and wine at the Devil's Paw, Mile 721.
* August 1975, Charles Buchanan and the Devil's Paw Lodge were charged with 5 counts of theft of fuel from White Pass trucks. Buchanan was sentenced to 5 months in jail, ordered to pay $3,547 for the fuel and fined $1,100. The lodge was ordered to pay another $1,990.75 for the fuel and fined $1,000. The lodge was also charged with failure to remit fuel tax and charged another $1,556.80.
* November 1975, the lodge, "only 2 years old, fully equipped with gas, fod and lodging", is for sale. "Gross over $500,00 last year. Asking $110,000." Ads placed in Fairbanks and Spokane.
* August 25, 1976, a single female wanted to work in a new Alaska Hiway Lodge and Cocktail Lounge (Devils Paw Services).
* November 24, 1976, William Prokopetz applied for dining room liquor, liquor off-sales, and beer off-premises licences for Devil's Paw (1976) Limited.
* in the summer of 1976, William Prokopetz was ordered to pay over $2,600 in wages owed to a carpenter, Maureen Moore, who had worked at the lodge from September 1976 until February 1977. Prokopetz ignored the court order and Moore accepted $1,000 that fall when she heard the lodge was about to declare bankruptcy. (Whitehorse Star, February 22, 1978)
* October 29, 1981, Phil and Wanda Martin applied for dining room liquor, liquor off-premises, and beer off-premises licences for the Great Divide Lodge.
* February 1990, for sale for $150,000 - later dropped to $125,000. "Has operated seasonally for the past 5 years. Proven grosses indicate a very viable operation for a tourist minded family."
* September 1, 1993, the Continental Divide Highway Lodge and Service is for sale: "4.5 Acres fronting on the Alaska Highway and bordering at Rancheria River at the rear. Additional land available at Mile 721. Business includes a 50 seat dining room, full kitchen facilities, lounge, pool table, souvenir shop, snack store and restrooms. The
main building houses the staff and laundry and showers. Second building is unfinished except for a large stone fireplace and bar setup. Also included is a three pump service station, 2 log cabins, 2 Atco trailer units with 10 rental rooms and a guest shower house. All this for the low asking price of $250,000." The final ad was on May 11, 1994.
* August 9, 2006, the Continental Divide Lodge is for sale for $799,000. "This very busy tourist facility... is renowned for fine food, fine accommodation & great company." The final ad was on February 4, 2009.
Swift River Auto Camp; Swift River Lodge: Historic Mile 733.4, Km 1136.7 (old Km 1180.5)
Upper ad: The Milepost, 1971 edition.
Lower ad: The Milepost, 1992 edition.
Upper photo: March 23, 2007
Lower photo: May 7, 2009
* May 30, 1952, Clyde Wann applies for a license to sell beer at the Swift River Lodge.
* The Milepost, 1952: "Swift River Lodge, a Clyde Wann station at the site of the maintenance camp and repeater station, with both telephone and telegraph service and post office. The lodge offers rooms, meals, modern rest rooms and showers, general store, gas, oil and car greasing, minor car repairs, tires and tire repairs and heated car storage. Trailer space with electric plug-ins, hot and cold water available at lodge. There is both lake and stream fishing for lake trout and grayling in the Swift River and nearby Swan lake. Operated by F. L. Steele."
* The Milepost, 1954: "Swift River Auto Camp, (AHA) a Clyde Wann station, opposite the maintenance camp and repeater station, with telephone, telegraph and post office. This lodge offers rooms, modern plumbing and shower baths, a cafe, general store, beer parlor, and trailer space with electric connections and hot and cold water available at the lodge. Garage service includes gas and oil with Standard and affiliated credit cards accepted, minor auto repairs, tires and tire repairs, and heated car storage. The lodge is on bend of the Swift River, noted for fine trout and grayling fishing. Operated by F. L. Steele."
* November 20, 1957, Fairbanks News-Miner Progress Edition: "Clyde Wann's SWIFT RIVER LODGE - Mile 733. Gas - Oil - Tires and Repairs - Meals - Rooms - Groceries. Warm Car Storage - Beer."
* 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.
* The Milepost, 1971 edition: "D.C. 733.3 (F. 786.7) - Geraghty's Swift
River Lodge Ltd., on the Swift River. Choice of clean, modern hotel rooms, hot water heat with or without private baths. Single, twin, double and two double beds, quality mattresses. Restaurant, store, gifts, souvenirs, groceries, ice and frozen package meats for sale. Complete line of moccasins. Telephone. Cold deep well, water free. Standard CHEVRON Products, regular, premium and diesel fuel. Tires sold and repaired. Affiliated credit cards honored. We gladly serve children's portions in our restaurant. Phone reservations accepted. Owned and operated by Jack and Frankie Geraghty."
* Closed permanently in September 2009 - see Yukon News article. Demolished in September 2016.
Welcome Inn; Morley River Lodge: Historic Mile 777.7, Km 1205.5 (old Km 1252)
Upper photo: 1970s
Middle photo: button probably from about 2005
The advertisement was in the 1992 edition of The Milepost
Lower photo: June 27, 2008
* the Morley River was named for Morley Ogilvie, son of the famed Yukon surveyor and politician William Ogilvie.
* January 30, 1950, Legal Notice: in an action between Eric Oslund and Thomas S. Kimberlin, the Welcome Inn at Mile 777.7, N.W.H.S., is being sold by the Sheriff. Included are 5 buildings and the equipment for operating a lodge, a lighting plant, Dodge Carryall truck, air compressor, and washing machine. (Whitehorse Star)
* The Milepost, 1952: "Morley River Lodge, a Clyde Wann Station, with rooms for families as well as single and double accommodations. The cafe features fresh native trout as available, there are groceries carried for trailerites and campers, and camper space. A heated garage has space for 4 cars, and there is gas and oil service. Nearby Morley Lake offers excellent fishing, there are boats for rent, and a guide is available for big game hunters."
* on November 27, 1952, the lodge and filling station was destroyed by fire. Lodge owner Clyde Wann reported that it was partially covered by insurance.
* The Milepost, 1954: "Morley River Lodge, a Clyde Wann Station, with rooms for families as well as single and double accommodations. The cafe features fresh native trout and whitefish as available, there are groceries carried for trailerites and campers, and trailer space. A heated garage has space for 4 cars, and there is gas and oil service with Standard and affiliated credit cards accepted, and minor car repirs. This lodge is operated by Clyde Wann Enterprises."
* November 20, 1957, Fairbanks News-Miner Progress Edition: "Clyde Wann's Morley River Lodge - Mile 777.7. Gas - Oil - Tires and Repairs - Meals - Rooms - Groceries. Warm Car Storage."
* 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 - Historic Mile 804
* July 13, 1947 listing of lodges: "Mile 804, Teslin, Y.T. - Store, meals, gas, oil, four beds." (Spokane Spokesman-Review)
Teslin Motel (Teslin Lake Motel) - Historic Mile 803.9
* November 20, 1957, Fairbanks News-Miner Progress Edition: "At Mile 804 - a big WELCOME! awaits you from TESLIN LAKE MOTEL. * Coffee Shop * Modern Bathrooms * Good Food * Service Station * Comfortable Beds * Repair Garage"
* 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.
* March 20, 1967, in article "Up-grading at Yukon Hotels": "Teslin Lake Motel, M.P. 804. Restaurant remodelled and re-decorated; New booths, tables, stools and wall panel installed. (Welcome to the new owners - Walter and Doreen Duncan)." (Whitehorse Star)
Teslin Lodge - Historic Mile 804
* October 2, 1953, Gordon Crum and Norman Mytron applied for a license to sell beer at unnamed premises at Mile Post 804.
* October 1956, Gordon Crum leased the Teslin Inn and moved his business there, but it burned a few days later.
Teslin Inn - Historic Mile 804
* In 1950, Fred and Alice Alma Ackles bought a place at Mile 872 of the Alaska Highway and opened The Pines, which later became the original Crystal Palace. Fred died of a heart attack on the Atlin Road on March 28, 1952, and that Fall, Alice moved to Teslin where she built the Teslin Inn with Jack Nelson, 15 years younger than her, as a partner. After they sold the inn, she and Jack moved to Atlin and bought Bob Roxborough's business.
* November 28, 1952: "Mrs. Ackles, formerly of The Pines, has returned to the Yukon to take up residence in Teslin. Mrs. Ackles will soon be opening Teslin Inn and will be pleased to welcome old and new customers and friends."
* September 26, 1952: "COMMUNITY BUILDING TESLIN INN. Aided by 'local bees,' Mrs. Ackles' Teslin Inn is beginning to grow. Neighbors are all helping Mrs. Ackles build her Inn at Teslin, a grand community spirit helping someone get a start."
* October 25, 1956: "Fire Destroys Teslin Inn. Fire early Sunday afternoon destroyed Teslin Inn. Loss has been estimated at some $60,000 in the blaze which is thought to have started in the building's basement. The Inn, owned by Ray Hyde, housed a cocktail lounge, tavern and restaurant as well as 10 rooms. The premises had been leased by Gordon Crum who had just moved into the building that weekend. Mr. Crum previously had operated a motel in Teslin but this had been closed when he moved his operation to the Inn. No one was hurt although the frame structure was burned to the ground, a total loss with all its contents. The fierce flames ate through the building in about one hour-and-a-half hours. Loss is thought to be covered by insurance."
Mile 804 Motel and Cafe; Northlake Motel: Historic Mile 804, Km 1294
* Ad: The Milepost, 1992 edition
* opened in 1973, with Linda Weatherbee managing the restaurant.
* May 11 - August 31, 1979: "MILE 804 Motel, Teslin, 240' highway frontage, 200 ft. deep. 6 first class motel units. Excellent restaurant business. Room for expansion. Affordable $35,000, could handle." (Whitehorse Star)
* opened under new owners in April 1980.
* June 1981, their Teslinburger won "Best Hamburger in Canada" in a poll by Today magazine. It sells for $4, has 350-400 grams of meat and stands over 100 cm high. A regular burger sells for $2.50 and has 170 grams of meat.
* November 15, 1985: "Doug Hogan Jr., the 24-year-old manager of the Northlake Motel, was acclaimed as the mayor of Teslin."
* September 22, 1989, a 20-year-old Teslin man was sentenced for breaking into the motel, stealing money and liquor, and damaging the property. The value of property stolen and damaged was $15,600.
* October 12, 1993, three Whitehorse men were arrested after breaking into Full Moon Saloon at the Northlake Motel and stealing $1,800.
* April 9, 1999, the Yukon Supreme Court upheld the Yukon Liquor Board's 9½-month liquor licence suspension order of the Full Moon Saloon at the Northlake Motel, owned by Doug Hogan, Jr. "The Northlake Motel and Cafe Ltd. was served three suspension orders last year. One stemmed from the June night a 26-year-old Teslin father of two was fatally run over by a tractor-trailer truck following a bar fight. The other two suspensions were for over-serving, serving intoxicated patrons, selling alcohol to a minor, selling after-hours and an assault on a liquor inspector." (Whitehorse Star)
* October 13, 1999, the property is for sale for $299,000: "Motel with 13 one room units, 1 two bedroom suite & 4 RVI one room units. 50 seat fully licensed & equipped saloon, 36 seat fully equipped cafe & 2 bedroom mobile home." The ad ran until July 19, 2000.
* January 3, 2001, the property is again for sale, with a different agent, for $265,000: "Motel, Bar, Restaurant. Priced to sell. The Northlake is a well run, great business to consider. The current owner of 20 years wants to pursue other business interests. The property consists of a 36 seat cafe (currently leased), staff house (leased), 50 seat licensed bar, 2 bedroom apartment (leased), 8 unit motel building, 5 unit summer only motel building. (Current rentals bringing in $2600/month). Current gross $350,000 to $400,000." In May the price was dropped to $249,000. The final ad was on October 24, 2001.
The upper ad to the left was in The Milepost, 1992 edition.
The lower ad to the left began running in The Whitehorse Star on JUne 3, 2005.
* December 18, 1967: Rolf and Lena Slang and their three little ones will be leaving on the 2lst for Son, Norway, where they will spend Christmas with Rolf's relatives. They are planning a good long holiday, one they richly deserve after operating
their new Yukon Motel 25 hrs. a day since early last summer. I asked Lena if she had learned any Norwegion in preparation. "Just ‘thank you' I think" she said," but I'll speak Indian with a Norwegian accent and we'll get along." She has the most delightful sense of humour and her pies and hot rolls are simply out of this world. Bob Colburg will be stoking fires and boiling soup during their absence.
* February 27, 1969: Among the 15 mushers in the Sourdough Rendezvous sled dog races in Whitehorse starting tomorrow will be Sam Johnson from Teslin, sponsored the the Yukon Motel. He placed 11th overall in the three races.
* June 9, 1969: the Slangs are adding 16 units and a lounge. (Whitehorse Star)
* December 9, 1969: Yukon Motel (Teslin) Limited is incorporated.
* April 9, 1969: Rolf Slang is applying for a licence to sell liquor or beer.
* March 22, 1974: Mr. J. J. A. Altenburg of Teslin, is making application for a Restaurant Beer and Table Wine Licence for Yukon Motel (Teslin) Ltd.
* July 8, 1974: Highway lodge owners between Whitehorse and Watson Lake are threatening to close their operations for a couple of days this summer to protest territorial government inspections. Jack Altenburg, owner of the Yukon Motel, a restaurant, garage, cocktail lounge and motel operation in Teslin, is the organizer of the shutdown. He explains that taxes are high, electricity bills are high, fuel prices are high; but "if you have a bad year, you still get it tax-wise and then they (government
inspectors) start talking about putting you out of business."
* July 15, 1974: Sam Johnston, band chief in Teslin, a community of 350, would like to see local lodge owners cut off credit for alcohol. He has written to Indian Affairs Minister Jean Chretien and Commissioner James Smith to see if something can't be done, but it is currently not illegal. Jack Altenburg, owner of the Yukon Motel, estimates
that he cashes 75 per cent of the cheques that come into this community, where there is no bank. He freely admits that credit is given for liquor, though he wouldn't say now many
people use credit to purchase alcohol. He did say bills go as high as $100 per month.
* October 03, 1974: A classified ad by Yukon Motel Wholesale Dept. promotes a line of tobacco pipes, imported from 26 European countries. "Send $50.00 and we'll send you 20 different pipes for a starter set that you only find in Antique stores."
* July 30, 1975: In a lengthy Letter to the Editor, J. J. A. Altenburg has a list of complaints about new liquor regulations, which include a price and a requirement to only drink beer out of a glass, not a bottle or can. He concludes with "Isn't it time for some form of policy renewal before we all find ourselves drinking in territorial-owned and approved glasses while looking at territorial-owned paintings on the
bar walls and sitting in Yukon Territory Liquor Control Board-approved and -owned chairs. We like to leave out politics here but cannot help but think that this is one of the purest ways of dictatorship or even communistic ideal."
* February 6, 1976: Business licences and professional fees have risen 100 per cent this year and at least one highway lodge owner doesn't like it. Yukon Motel owner Jack Altenburg of Teslin, says the increase is in complete contraditiction to anti-inflation restrainst and comes at a time when "times are hard on the highway...the tourists aren't going to be coming up here this year." His total licence bill for the
year, including liquor licences, which have also increased 100 per cent, is up from $500 to $1,000.
* September 9, 1977: The Yukon Motel is for sale: "One of Alcan Highway's finest. 20 units. Cafe, garage, lounge. 9 acres river lake and highway frontage. Requires at least $75,000.00 down.
* March 16, 1978: The Yukon Motel (Teslin) Ltd. had the somewhat dubious
distinction March 10 of being the first case in the Yukon to be prosecuted under the Combines Investigation Act. At a trial in Teslin, the motel was found guilty under the
Misleading Advertising Provisions of the act and fined $200 and ordered to make restitution in the amount of $500. On April 15, May 15 and June 15, 1976 an advertisement was placed in the trade newspaper, 'Hospitality Canada.' The ad stated that the motel had a 'nine acre parking area, marina (and) sales $450,000 and coming up strong.' When a Prince George couple interested in buying the motel arrived in Teslin, they found, to their dismay, no marina and only a 8.12 acre complex. The couple reported the
discrepancies to M. J. Poulton, Senior Investigator, Misleading Advertising Division, Consumer and Corporate. Affairs, Vancouver. Poulton's investigations disclosed that the motel's sales were nowhere near the advertised figure, nor were they 'coming up strong.' It was primarly the misrepresentation of sales which landed a conviction. The motel has two directors, J. Altenburg and Menno Bosma. Altenburg carried out the defense for the motel. The fine and restitution order were paid promply. The restitution was to cover the
Prince George couple's expenses in coming up to look at the complex. The couple has since purchased another motel complex in B.C. and Yukon Motel is still attempting to sell its complex.
* June 20, 1981: Classified ad in The Vancouver Sun: "Teslin, Yukon Motel. Approx. 100 miles south of Whitehorse on Alaska Hwy. by Teslin Lake, 18 rms., 2 cabins 2 lge. trailers. Restaurant & licenced lounge in main bldg. Gas pumps & shop, situated on 8 acres, plenty of rm. for expansion."
* March 26, 1984: Several times a week, Marty Ames turns himself into a portable bank. He climbs into a leased vehicle, drives to Haines Junction, Carmacks or Teslin, lays out his tools of the trade and offers residents just about any banking service they need except for loans. Ames is the man behind the Canadian Imperial Bank of
Commerce's service to the communities. In Teslin, he sets up at the Yukon Motel.
* August 1, 1984: Thieves broke into the Yukon Motel in Teslin in the early hours of this morning and stole a safe containing more than $10,000. They entered the motel by removing a window and carted the 100-kg safe out of the building. It was recovered about a week later - damaged beyond repair and empty - off a side road near Swift River. The motel was bought in January by Maryanne and Bob Bruneau.
* November 18, 1985: A fire gutted the lounge, laundry room, and a couple of motel rooms at the Yukon Motel in Teslin last week, causing an estimated $200,000 worth of damage. Owner Bob Bruneau said it is suspected the fire was caused by a dryer in the motel's laundry room. The business is now completely shut down. It was insured "to a point" and Bruneau hopes to have it partly open again in three or four months.
* August 27, 1987: Charles Julius McVey, a 65-year-old former California businessman, tok a seat in the restaurant at the Yukon Motel last week. McVey is suspected of involvement in a scheme to ship millions of dollars worth of computer equipment to the Soviet Union, and unfortunately for him, RCMP Cpl. Dan Fudge came in a few minutes later, recognized him from a photo sent to his office last year, and arrested him. He is now in a Vancouver jail awaiting an extradition hearing.
* April 11, 1990: Walter and Doreen Duncan of Teslin are making application for a Cocktail Lounge Licence for the Yukon Motel.
* December 10, 2002: Ron Fortin is manager of the Yukon Motel.
* Norbert Kossler of Teslin, a 47-year-old landed immigrant from Germany, has been released on $10,000 bail after being charged with asking his girlfriend to murder someone. While he's permitted to speak with his wife, Helga Kossler, so they can
continue to run their motel, the Yukon Motel, Kossler can't speak with her about the criminal case.
* June 3, 2005: The Yukon Motel & R.V. Park is for sale for $1,395,000 - see the ad above to the left for details. The ads ran until November 30, 2005.
* July 18, 2012: The body of Yukon employee Joseph Tremblay has been found in the Nisutlin River, a month after he and his canoe disappeared. Tremblay, 53, had just arrived in May from Thunder Bay.
* June 28, 2021: Yukon's Emergency Measures Organization has issued a flood watch for Teslin Lake and high water advisories for much of the Southern Lakes system. Much of the Yukon Motel Campground is already under water.
* June 15, 2022: The Yukon Motel is again being hit by flood waters, which are expected to be even higher than last year.
Nisutlin Bay Lodge - Historic Mile 804.5
* operating in 1950
* April 2, 1968, for sale: "Nisutlin Bay Lodge, Teslin, Mile 804. This beautiful 2 storey lodge has natural stone fireplace in large panelled sitting room. Nine guest rooms, full plumbing, bar and kitchen facilities." (Whitehorse Star)
* January 16, 1969, Sue Harlin has shut down her Nisutlin Bay Lodge and hied off to the bright social whirl of Cranbrook to wait out the winter.
* April 27, 1970: Donald Fox of Teslin has applied for a licence to sell liquor at the Nisutlin Bay Lodge.
* May 5, 1970, Nisutlin Bay Lodge Limited is incorporated.
* May 14, 1970, Suzan McCleery has sold her lovely Nisutlin Bay Lodge to Don Fox of Whitehorse.
* March 28, 1973, the lodge is the start of a 12-mile sled dog race circuit for Teslin's Klondike '73 Hoochnanny this weekend.
* August 7, 1973, Nisutlin Bay Lodge Limited is struck from the Register of Companies.
Fox Point Lodge; Halsteads' Teslin Lake Resort: Historic Mile 807
* Photo: postcard, 1960s
* Ad: The Milepost, 1992 edition
* December 4, 1959: "A big, modern motel costing well into the hundreds of thousands of dollars when complete is scheduled for construction next year near Teslin. Behind the integrated plan which combines motel, service station, trailer parking, camping, restaurant and eventually cocktail facilities is Wesley D. Doe, California businessman." Read the entire article here.
* opened in 1961
* 1960s - Chevron gas, motel, cafe, and hookups. Operated by Wes and Betty Doe.
* February 5, 1962: "After reading your short editorial on "friendliness" in your 22 January issue I thought you might be interested in seeing a copy of the Christmas Letter which we sent to all those who had stopped at Fox Point last summer." Read the entire Letter to the Editor here.
* May 17, 1962: "Wesley Doe is busy at his Fox Point Lodge with new construction and general preparations for opening. Unfortunately the frost heaved the huge gasoline storage tanks out of the ground, ripping the connecting pipes." (Whitehorse Star)
* April 12, 1965: "Wes Doe tells us that his Fox Point Lodge will be open for business on May 24th. Apparently, work on the cafe extension is almost finished. There will be facilities for light meals and breakfasts." A correction was mad on May 6th, saying that they are open "NOW". (Whitehorse Star)
* in 1968, Wes and Betty closed the lodge in early November and went to California.
* March 19, 1970, Wes and Betty have put the lodge up for sale.
* June 12, 1972, the first For Sale ad for the lodge appears: "Fox Point Lodge - Mile 807, Alaska Highway. 22 lakeside acres - 9 rental units - trailer hookups - cafe - gas pumps - large campground - fishing guide boat and equipment. Requires substantial down payment. Wesley D. Doe, Teslin 3516." (Whitehorse Star)
* September 17, 1975: for sale for $135,000 - 22 acres of titled land, a 9 unit motel, cafe, gas station and trailer park. It seems to have sold that Fall.
* October 22, 1981, Wesley Duncan Doe died of cancer at the Whitehorse hospital, at the age of 78.
* The Milepost, 1992 edition: "Halsteads' gas, food, camping and lodging.""
* February 2, 1994: "HALSTEADS TESLIN LAKE RESORT - Located near Teslin at Mile 807, this flourishing tourist business shows a healthy financial picture and at present is not operated during the winter months. This 12 acre parcel with 798 feet of highway frontage and 1300 feet of beach frontage on Teslin Lake, includes a grocery store, gift shop, coin-op laundry, crafts, furs, souvenirs, and baked goods. A fully equipped Cafe with a freezer, deep fryer, grill, 2 stoves with ovens, fridges, microwave, dishwasher, and seating for 36 with eat-in or take-out facilities are also included with this package. Other assets include a nine unit motel with t.v. and refrigerators in all rooms and self service gas bar. Halsteads also has a 32 site serviced campground, 20 site tenting area with separate units for men and women showers. Business support facilities include a laundry room, owners accommodations, and staff quarters. Garage and workshop, sauna and greenhouse, Owner anxious to sell and is asking only $575,000." (Whitehorse Star)
Mukluk Annie's Salmon Bake: Historic Mile 812, Km 1256.4 (old Km 1306.7)
* Ad: The Milepost, 1992 edition
* Photo: August 30, 2011
* Owned by Teslin residents Chuck and Annie Kremer.
* 1989-1990, for sale for $209,000
* 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.
* In a Yukon News article from July 2006, owner Chuck Kremer said that that was going to be their final year in operation.
Canol Road Junction - Historic Mile 835, Km 1295 (old Km 1345)
Johnson's Crossing Lodge: Historic Mile 836, Km 1296.2 (old Km 1346)
Upper 2 photos: postcards, 1950s.
Next photos: View from highway - April 15, 2008.
A souvenir pillow case on the wall, 2018
Bob and Elly Porsild - photo on the wall, 2018.
Historic Mile 836 post and oldest building - August 2, 2014.
The dining room - August 2, 2014.
* Built by the Porsild family 1947-1949. In the fall of 1947 they bought the American camp site at Johnson's Crossing, and the lodge opened for business in 1949. See a lengthy biography of Bob Porsild here - it was written by Flo Whyard and published by The Whitehorse Star following his death on December 30, 1977.
* The Milepost, 1952: Johnson's Crossing Lodge (Porsild's), at the
north end the Teslin Bridge, catering to motorists and sportsmen. Comfortable rooms, and fine home cooking at modest prices make Porsild's an ideal stop for a few days of sheltered fishing (casting or trolling), as the lodge is located at the outlet point of the Teslin River, near Teslin Lake, affording either stream or lake fishing close-by for
the famous lake trout and delicious Arctic grayling. Mr. Porsild, a pioneer of the north can furnish information on any subject concerning the country and its wildlife. Cold beer is served, there is gas and oil, a healed garage and a 3-room cabin for families. Open all year, with 24 hour service May 1 to October 31. Operated by Mr. and Mrs. Robert Porsild.
* The Milepost, 1954: Johnson's Crossing Lodge (Porsild's) (AHA) at the north end of the Teslin bridge, and an ideal stop for sports fishing. A large home-like lobby, comfortable rooms, home-style cooking, inside plumbing and shower bath, connected beer tavern. Gas oil, and diesel fuel, with special rates on sales over 50 gal. (Standard and affiliated credit cards.) Heated garage, and a 3 room cabin for families or groups comprise all the needed facilities for those who desire to linger here for both river and lake fishing. Located at the outlet of Teslin Lake, on the river, sheltered fishing for both lake trout and grayling is to be had, either by casting or trolling. The Porsilds are pioneers of the Arctic, and furnish reliable information on the country and its wildlife. This lodge is open all year, with 24 hours service from May 1 to October 31. U.S. currency accepted at par. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Porsild are the owners and operators.
* "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.
* March 20, 1967, in article "Up-grading at Yukon Hotels": "Johnson's Crossing Lodge, M.P. 837. New wall panelling in cafe. (Welcome to the new owners Phil and Ellen Davignon.)" (Whitehorse Star)
* Bought by Phil and Ellen (Porsild) Davignon in 1965. They operated it for 27 years, then moved to Whitehorse. Philip Archie Davignon died on September 30, 2002, and was buried at Grey Mountain Cemetery.
Silver Dollar Lodge - Historic Mile 843
* The Milepost, 1952: "Silver Dollar Lodge, and flight strip No. 6. The spacious and attractive log buildings of the lodge are set well back from the highway dust, on well-graded driveways large enough to accomodate the largest equipment on the road. The friendly atmosphere of the large rustic lounge and connected cafe is greatly enhanced by a unique open hearth campfire type fireplace. With comfortable rooms with innerspring mattresses, showers and modern plumbing, a tavern, a heated garage, gas and oil, tire repairs, minor car repairs, batteries and special service for truckers. Silver Dollar Lodge offers the complete facilities of the place to trailerites and campers, and welcomes all highway travelers. Information available on the side trip to Atlin. The Canadian-American owners are Mr. and Mrs. Herbert K. Law."
* September 1952, Bert and Ellen Law and their 3 young children are featured in The American Magazine as their Family of the Month - see the lengthy illustrated article, "The Laws of the Yukon".
* The Milepost, 1954: "Silver Dollar Lodge - across from flight strip, and well back from highway, is of log construction, with rooms, modern washrooms and shower, cafe, lounge room with campfire style open hearth, and gas and oil service with Standard Products and Standard or affiliated credit cards accepted. The entrance driveway can accomodate the heaviest and longest truck and trailer equipment on the highway. This lodge is under a new management, and plans to give emergency service 24 hours. Operated by Barma-sea Enterprises."
The Crystal Palace (Jake's Corner): Historic Mile 866, Km 1341.5 (old Km 1392.5)
Upper photo: May 22, 2013
Lower photo: April 16, 2015
* May 24, 1962: "Roy Chaykawsky of Crystal Palace Hotel had a trying day when the huge building he was transporting from Teslin to Jake's Corner collapsed on the
highway after a main beam broke. Mr. Chaykawsky was able to to salvage all the material." (Whitehorse Star)
* March 10, 1969, Roman Chaykowsky applied for a licence to sell beer and wine at The Crystal Palace.
* May 12, 1972: "Truly, the most unique and beautiful place in the Yukon will soon be open. I've seen a lot of nice places but, none ever to compare with the Crystal Palace at Jake's Corner. Roman Chaytowsky, owner, has built a new building complete with bar and large swimming pool; even a wading pool for the small fry. Any technician will see that the workmanship is killed not to mention the novel idea of it all. The building has two floors, one in line with the pool - complete with dressing rooms; wash-rooms pool and lounge chairs. The balcony encircles the pool and is bordered with large real live plants. The stairs and upper floor are completely carpeted. There are tables and chairs upstairs and each table has its own intercom system where there's no mistaking your order; you put it in yourself. One wall and a half is done in large murals depicting at all times the northern scene and painted by a local artist. The other end wall is covered with a dark stained bar and the long wall is all picture windows where you can look out at the scenic mountains toward Atlin, B.C. Roman says he will be opening soon and you will be able to dine, drink, swim and thoroughly enjoy yourselves. Numerous modern cabins where you can stay over-night; weekend or what you like. Don't pass this one by." (Whitehorse Star, Molly's Tid-bits)
* May 22, 1987, for sale: "MOTEL COMPLEX - located 50 miles south of Whitehorse, at the Junction of the Alaska Highway, Tagish Road (through to Skagway) and the Atlin Road. 20 x 60 indoor pool and view of the Marsh and Tagish Lake area. 20 motel units, licenced lounge, service station, restaurant." (Whitehorse Star)
* The Milepost, 1992: "Jake's Corner Inc. Gas. Diesel. Propane. Motel. Restaurant. Lounge. Home-style Cooking and Baked Goods. Your Hosts: Dave & Laureen Gilbert."
* 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.
The Pines; Crystal Palace Hotel - Historic Mile 872
* Upper ad to the left is from The Whitehorse Star of June 9, 1950.
* Middle ad to the left is from The Whitehorse Star of December 31, 1953.
* Next ad to the left is from the November 20, 1957 Fairbanks News-Miner Progress Edition.
* Bottom ad to the left is from The Whitehorse Star of May 1, 1958.
* May 12, 1950: "Mr. F. W. Ackles informs us that on May 1st he purchased the business formerly carried on by Johnnie Johns at Mile 872 on the Alaska Highway. In future it will be operated under the style of 'The Pines.'" (Whitehorse Star)
* The Milepost, 1952: "The Pines is a completely equipped lodge with
modern plumbing, shower baths, comfortable rooms, a dining room and lounge, connected tavern, groceries for trailerites and campers, and gas and oil service. Both trailerites and campers will find ample space at the adjacent public campground at Judas Creek. Truckers are cordially invited to enjoy the friendly hospitality of The Pines. The owners and operators are Mr. and Mrs. Fred Ackles, whose slogan is - 'Food for the Hungry, Beer for the Thirsty, Baths for the Dusty, Rest for the Weary.'"
* February 8, 1952: "Mr. and Mrs. Roman Chaykowski of Spruce Creek have purchased 'The Pines' from Mr. and Mrs. Fred Ackles, former Atlin residents, on the Alaska Highway. 'The Pines' is eight miles from the Atlin turnoff. Mr. Chaykowski has been employed by Nolan Mines Ltd. Mr. and Mrs. Ackles plan to spend the rest of the winter in Carcross." (Whitehorse Star)
* August 7, 1953, three-year-old Christine Chaykowski was killed in front of the lodge when a truck ran over her. See details here.
* The Milepost, 1954: "Crystal Palace Hotel, (formerly The Pines) 6 miles from Atlin Jct. Now being improved with new 2-story log annex, additional baths, hot and cold running water and radio speakers in all rooms, with head phones for quiet night use, and room rental 24 hours. A cafe with home-style cooking is open from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. with an adjacent beer tavern. Garage service includes complete repairs, tires, gas and oil (regular and premium) and diesel fuel. Standard oil listed credit cards accepted. Other facilities are groceries, souvenirs, trailer parking with plug-ins, and white gas for appliances. This is a famous hunting and fishing region, and the hotel furnishes information for sportsmen. Mr. and Mrs. Roy Chaykowsky are the owners and operators."
* April 1, 1958, Mr. and Mrs. Mike Ritter assumed management of the Crystal Palace Coffee Shop and Tavern.
* May 15, 1958: "At least four people appeared before Magistrate Adams recently as a result of enjoying themselves too much a the May 3 Crystal Palace opening. One man faced an impaired driving charge, another was charged with giving liquor to a minor and two teenagers got into difficulty on a charge of wilful damage. One young man was found not guilty, but the other paid $10 on the charge and also paid $10 for breaking an aerial." (Whitehorse Star)
* April 16, 1959: "New Man At Crystal Palace. Full garage service is in store for motorists stopping at Crystal Palace Hotel now. Fully licenced mechanic Bob White has taken over the garage for spring and summer and will offer first class mechanical attention to vehicles of travellers and local people alike. The change was announced last week. Ray, himself, plans to be out placer mining again for the summer near Kluane Lake. Mr. White is a former RCAF corporal who, with his wife Dorothy, was stationed here three years ago." (Whitehorse Star)
* "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.
* March 30, 1961: "CRYSTAL PALACE HOTEL, AT MILE 872 BURNED AT 6 A.M. TODAY. CAUSE OF FIRE BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN AN EXPLODING OIL STOVE. OUTBUILDINGS WERE NOT DAMAGED." (Whitehorse Star)
Marsh Lake Lodge: Historic Mile 883
* Upper ad: Whitehorse Star, September 6, 1946
* Next ad: Whitehorse Star, March 7, 1947
* Upper photo: postcard, 1950s
* Lower photo: ruins of the lodge after the April 30, 1976 fire
* Lower ad: Whitehorse Star, June 8, 1979
* March 20, 1949: "Until last May, the highway was closed to tourists because of insufficient gasoline pumps and inns. Now there are about a dozen places offering overnight lodgings between Dawson Creek and Fairbanks. However, as F. C. Durkin, a field highway reporter for the American Automobile Association, puts it: 'If you want the comforts of home - stay home.' Best stopping places are the Watson Lake Lodge (Mile 365), Teslin Lake Lodge (Mile 804), Marsh Lake Lodge (Mile 836) and Kluane Lake Lodge (Mile 1060). These are the most modern and best-equipped hostelries. The rest are either converted army barracks or public camping grounds, which provide cooking and dining shelters." (The Philadelphia Enquirer)
* November 2, 1951: "MARSH LAKE LODGE WILL BE CLOSED UNTIL MARCH 1st, 1952. We have appreciated the valued patronage of our many Friends from Whitehorse and surrounding areas. The Gas Station and Grease Service will not close." (Whitehorse Star)
* The Milepost, 1952: "Marsh Lake Lodge (left turn past army camp,
100 yd. side road). This show-place of the North, on the shore of Marsh Lake - while best known to sportsmen all over the continent, also caters to all highway travelers. A two-story structure of varnished logs, with modern hotel appointments, rooms with 'Beauty-
rest' mattresses, showers, lounge room with wildlife trophies on display, tavern, dining room and snack bar serving good food and specializing in fresh local gamefish - the lodge maintains high standards of service. Evening dancing is encouraged in the spacious main
lounge. For sportsmen and vacationists there are pack and saddle horses, a 36 ft. cabin cruiser with shower, bunks and galley, skiffs for casting and trolling, and licensed guides for hunters. Other facilities include heated car storage, and service station, with modern rest rooms and phone service. The lodge is owned and operated by Mike and Mary Nolan. Mike is a noted big-game guide."
* June 13, 1952: "Record Lake Trout Caught by City Man. Roy Newton, of Nelsons Sheet Metal Ltd., pulled in the largest lake trout reported this year from Marsh Lake, when he hooked a 23 pounder. Roy is quite proud of his catch, but slaps himself every now and again for not being entered in Nolan's Contest. Mike Nolan awards a beautiful rod and tackle to the person catching the largest fish in Marsh Lake each year. Many Whitehorse people enjoyed the holiday by taking advantage of the new open air barbecue at Marsh Lake Lodge. The barbecue was built for the free use of picnicers and fishermen who rent boats from Mike Nolan." (Whitehorse Star)
* The Milepost, 1954: "Marsh Lake Lodge & Garage (AHA) - turn left (northbound) just beyond army camp. The lodge is about 100 yds. from highway on the lake shore. Though it is best known to sportsmen all over the continent the lodge caters to all highway travelers. A 2-story structure of varnished logs, this establishment offers some unusual attractions. Regular services include rooms with 'Beauty-rest' mattresses, convenient shower baths, a dining room and snack bar, connected tavern, and lounge with wild-life trophies on display. High standards of service are maintained. Special attractions include fresh game-fish on the menu, a 36-ft. cabin cruiser with bunks and galley for charter, and small boats for hire for casting, trolling or just plain boating. Marsh Lake Lodge is the headquarters of Mike Nolan, famous big game guide and outfitter, and is operated by Odin Hougen. The Marsh Lake Garage, operated in connection with the lodge, provides gas and oil service, diesel fuel, lubrication, tire repairs, and motor tune-up or major repairs and overhaul on all types cf cars and trucks. Modern rest rooms, phone service, and limited heated car storage. Paul Olsen is the mechanic in charge."
* July 16, 1954 - Mr. Odin Hougen, manager of Marsh Lake Lodge, told the Whitehorse Star that his new cocktail lounge would open this week. The lounge was built on the east side of the lodge and extended back into the premises formerly occupied by the beer parlour. We believe that the 6-page liquor and wine price list seen to the left, for The Hunt Room, was printed for this new cocktail lounge - see the entire brochure by clicking on the image.
* April 26, 1956: "Mary and Mike Nolan Announce the Re-Opening of Marsh Lake Lodge at Mile 883 Saturday, April 28, Featuring Our New Cafeteria and Infra-Red Cookery. Barbecues a Specialty." (Whitehorse Star)
* October 15, 1956, the lodge has closed for the winter.
* 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.
* May 23, 1963: "Big Game Outfitter and Marsh Lake Resort Operator Mike Nolan has a Yukon holiday promotion going in the rich farm and oil area of central Alberta. Through Red Deer's station CKRD, two 10-day, all-expense holidays for two are being offered as the top prizes in a major promotion throughout the area." Read the entire article here.
* November 11, 1963, Big game guide and top-rated outfitter Mike Nolan is selling his Marsh Lake Lodge to a well-known city businessman. (Whitehorse Star)
* April 30, 1976, the lodge was destroyed by a fire thought to have been caused by an electrical problem. Lodge owners Mr. and Mrs. Charles Plautz had just bought the lodge the previous year. See photo and linked article to the left.
* June 10, 1979, the lodge property has been subdivided and lots go up for sale in a development called McClintock Place. There are 55 titled recreational lots (22 of them waterfront) and 2 commercial lots. Prices range from $5,600 to $19,000 depending on size, location and improvements.
|McCrae Inn; McCrae Highway Services Historic Mile 910
* Photo: winter 1950-51, by Ron Finlayson.
* Upper ad: The Whitehorse Star, June 30, 1950.
* Next ads: The Whitehorse Star, April 29, 1963
* Next ad: The Whitehorse Star, March 12, 1964
* Bottom Studebaker ad: The Whitehorse Star, September 10, 1964
* The Milepost, 1954: "McCrae Inn - 8 miles from Whitehorse, is being remodeled and redecorated for the 1954 season, by a new management. Services include 10 rooms with convenient baths, a cafe, a tavern, garage with general auto repairs, and gas and oil. This establishment os located 1½ miles from the side road to Miles Canyon, and 3½ miles from the road to scenic Whitehorse Rapids. (The side roads are short - only a few minutes from the highway to both attractions.) Additional services will be added at the Inn during the present season, as time permits. The owners and operators are Mr. and Mrs. Hamilton Tolman."
* The Milepost, 1957: "McCrae Inn - on right, northbound, and conveniently located for motorists planning a daytime visit to nearby Whitehorse. The Inn is now under new ownership & management, & has been considerably remodelled & improved. Facilities include 11 hotel rooms including rooms with extra beds for families, & convenient shower baths and wash rooms, a cafe in connection, beverage room, and gas & oil service with National Credit cards accepted. The owners & operators are Phil & Lil Todd."
* April 29, 1963: "McCrae Hiway Services Ltd. (Formerly McCrae Inn) Is Now Open With 6 New Units Complete With Bath; Bright Sparkling New Cafe; And a Completely New Tavern. Drive out and visit us - We Welcome Your Inspection." (Whitehorse Star)
* August 1, 1963: "Notice To The Many Patrons of McCrae Highway Services (McCrae Inn Ltd.). Mile 910 - Alaska Highway. We are now open 24 hours for Meals, Gas, Diesel, Motel. Tavern Hours - 9 AM to 12 PM." (Whitehorse Star)
* September 10, 1964, McCrae Inn has taken over the Studebaker dealership from Ed Jacobs. In 1966, Studebaker quit producing cars and trucks.
* February 16, 1967, McCrae Inn applies for a license to operate a Heavy Duty Recovery vehicle, a 1942 6x6 wrecker.
* March 6, 1969: "Among the seven vehicles destroyed by the fire which burned the McCrae Garage Tuesday morning [March 4] was a 10,000 gallon propane tanker which was 80% full when it was parked in the garage with all valves shut off and all hose purged. The tanker, owned by Canadian Propane was valued at $25,000. The safety valve was opened to allow the gas to escape and resulting pillars of flame shot 100 feet in the air according to garage owner Phil Todd. No definite cause of the $125,000 fire was reported, and Fire Marshal Tom Nairn is continuing investigations into the blaze which was fought by DPW firemen from Takhini station and a number of Yukon Forestry men and vehicles. Other vehicles destroyed included three customer's cars, Todd's wrecker, station wagon and truck. The 65 by 80 building was partially covered by insurance. Firemen saved the large bunkhouse next door, where windows were melted by intense heat of the blaze." (Whitehorse Star)
* March 10, 1969, Permasteel Engineering of Vancouver is advertising "Fast, Fast Service to the Yukon. TUESDAY: McCrae garage burnt. WEDNESDAY: Garage-owner Phil Todd phoned Permasteel Engineering Ltd. THURSDAY: A new Butler building was ordered. FRIDAY: Permasteel representative Norm Elliott was on the spot, preparations made for erecting the new garage. The Butler building will leave the Burlington, Ontario factory March 24, and completion date will be April 15th." (Whitehorse Star)
* April 16, 1970, "Slim" runs a large display ad to promote paint jobs at the McCrae Inn body shop. (Whitehorse Star)
* August 18, 1973 - for sale: "McCrae Inn Ltd. 8 Miles South of Whitehorse. Includes self-owned service station (pumping approx. 1 million gallons), Tow Truck, Fork Lift, Etc. Garage & Body Shop. Licenced Tavern, 42 Seat Modern Cafe, 6 Unit Motel Plus Owner's Living Quarters. Good Well. All modern with room for more growth. Owner will consider lower manland property as part payment and carry the balance. Same owners for 18 years. Illness forces sale." (Vancouver Sun)
* July 3, 1974, advertising fuel prices (to verify same price as Whitehorse) - gas 69.9 and diesel 66, with 24-hour service.
* February 18, 1977: "YOUR OWN BUSINESS ON WHEELS WITH VERY LITTLE EXPENSE. Coffee wagon fully equipped. New motor, power plant in A-1 condition. New paint job inside and out. Exceptional on gas mileage. Buy before Rendezvous and follow the crowd around or take it to Dawson for the summer. Better yet park it at Tagish Lake for the summer. Come out to McCrae Inn, Mile 910 Alaska Highway. Ask for Helen or Ben and view for yourself. Phone 668-2259." (Whitehorse Star)
* Phil Todd died in Whitehorse on March 31, 2008. Read his lengthy obituary here.
* October 2017, the last building from the McCrae Inn days, the McCrae Chinese restaurant, was bulldozed.
Whitehorse (2 Mile Hill junction, the north access to downtown) - Historic Mile 918, Km 1425.4 (old Km 1475.6)
* See The history of Whitehorse hotels and motels, 1942-2019 for the many Whitehorse properties.
North Klondike Highway Junction - ca. Historic Mile 925, Km 1437 (old Km 1487.2)
Part 3: lodges from Mile 968 to Mile 1428 - Mendenhall to Delta Junction
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