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Historic Alaska Highway Lodges & Roadhouses

Part 3: Lodges from Mile 968 to Mile 1428 - Mendenhall to Delta Junction

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 Mendenhall, Yukon, 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.

  *   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


Part 1: Lodges from Mile 0 to Mile 463 - Dawson Creek to Muncho Lake.

Part 2: Lodges from Mile 496 to Mile 918 - Liard Hotsprings to Whitehorse



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


Mendenhall Lodge (Mendenhall Camp Lodge, Bert & Audrey's Lodge) - Historic Mile 968, Km 1503.5 (old Km 1558)

  *   1964-1967, operated by John and Connie Yaklin.
  *   February 17, 1964, Connie Yaklin applies for a licence to sell beer at the Mendenhall Lodge.
  *   March 20, 1967, in article "Up-grading at Yukon Hotels": "Mendenhall Lodge, M.P. 968. Renovations to main restaurant building - new wall panelling, coffee counter and stools; kitchen remodelled and re-decorated; 4 new motel units to be ready for 1967 season." (Whitehorse Star)
  *   November 2, 1967, applies for a Public Service Vehicle Licence to operate a 1959 Mercury flatbed with hoist as a tow truck.
  *   April 2, 1968, for sale: "MENDENHALL LODGE. Mile 968, Alaska Highway. This beautifully located lodge on Mendenhall River as 3 3/4 acres partially cleared, 3 gas pumps, cafe, tavern, plumbing, 4 motel units. For further information about this excellent investment, call DUMAS REALTY, 7-2242. Box 1072." (Whitehorse Star)
  *   July 4, 1968, Bert and Audrey Dominguez apply for a licence to sell beer and wine at the Mendenhall Lodge.
  *   July 15, 1968: "Now under new management - Bert & Audrey's Mendenhall Lodge. Do come out and see us this Saturday and celebrate the occasion. Phone 2-C." (Whitehorse Star)
  *   November 4, 1968, Audrey won the Boone and Crockett award - she "boasted a total of 146"." (Whitehorse Star)
  *   June 9, 1969, Bert & Audrey's Lodge is being expanded by 9 units. They are having a weekly draw for a free steak dinner, for truck drivers only. (Whitehorse Star)
  *   November 5, 1969, the lodge was robbed of $91 at gunpoint by 2 Americans who were staying at the lodge while their car was being repaired at Haines Junction. The robbers returned the money but were arrested.
  *   March 23, 1970, the lodge is once again being managed by Connie Yaklin, and Bert and Audrey Dominguez are gone. (Whitehorse Star)
  *   April 30, 1970, for sale: "Mendenhall Lodge, Alaska Highway Lodge. 15 rooms, with baths, Tavern, w/w carpeting, garage and tire shop - 300' frontage, 30 acres clear title, phone Dumas Agency." (Whitehorse Star)
  *   April 21, 1976, there was a single ad offering the lodge for sale. On May 5, 1976, Harry Gordon-Cooper applied for a restaurant beer and licence, and a liquor off-sales licence.
  *   March 28, 1977, Star Enterprises (Yukon) Limited applied for a restaurant beer and licence, and a beer off-sales licence.
  *   June 13, 2007, "the site of the old Mendenhall Lodge" is for sale - 4.13 acres for $49,900. Listed by Marj Eschak, Coldwell Banker.
  *   August 2019, the property is for sale again - 4.13 acres for $135,0900. Listed by Terence Tait .


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


Krak-R-Krik Inn - Historic Mile 987, Alaska Highway
Cracker Creek Inn; Krak-R-Krik Inn - Historic Mile 987, Km 1534.8 (old Km 1590)

Photo: November 21, 1963, Whitehorse. Cause of the damage is described at length in the text below.

  *   The Milepost, 1952: "The Krak-R-Krik Inn, close to Cracker Creek bridge, and offering rooms, home-style meals, gas and oil, and groceries. A separated tavern is operated in connection, there is plenty of parking space for trailers, and campers are welcome on the grounds. A heated storage garage is maintained for winter travelers and there is minor car repair service. Back of the lodge is a free picnic ground. The owners and operators are Hugh and Ruth Banks."
  *   "Alaska Highway, Canadian Section" (Canadian Government Travel Bureau, 1953): Acc., Meals, Gas & Oil (limited accommodations)
  *   March 7, 1953, Cracker Creek Inn operator Hugh Banks, 60 years old, died in Whitehorse hospital due to injuries received in a fall. (Whitehorse Star, March 13)
  *   The Milepost, 1954: "Krak-R-Krik Inn, on Cracker Creek, near the bridge, and offering rooms, (shower available, with more under construction) a cafe serving home-style meals, a special 2 room family cabin, groceries for sale, and gas and oil service, Standard Oil list of credit cards accepted. Minor emergency car repairs, and heated car storage are available. There is trailer parking space, and campers are welcome on the property. A free picnic ground is maintained between the lodge and the creek. Owned and operated by Mrs. Ruth Banks and son."
  *   November 1958, Canadian Coachways makes a 15-minute stop at Krak-R-Krik Lodge on their Whitehorse-Haines Junction runs, at 7:05 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.
  *   November 21, 1963: "Richard William Simpson, laborer, called at the Krak-R-Krik Lodge, Mile 987, for matches - and found the place closed. What happened next led to Simpson's appearance in magistrate's court Tuesday, on two charges of committing mischief and criminal negligence while driving a vehicle. Judge Parker, exercising the jurisdiction of a police magistrate in the temporary absence of Magistrate W. J. Trainor, heard evidence that Simpson rammed his truck into the front of the Lodge, causing severe damage over a 20-foot frontage. The wall was pushed in to a depth of three feet and two-by-six timbers were broken. Mrs. Patricia Hubbard phoned the RCMP while her husband pursued the departing truck in his car. The truck returned and backed into the Lodge five times. It also rammed a cabin across the road. Mr. Hubbard had to swerve to avoid being hit by the truck and he fired four shots at its tires with a .303 rifle to halt the driver. Simpson was subsequently picked up seven miles away at Mendenhall, in an impaired condition. He admitted having been drinking beer from 4 p.m. until closing time at midnight, and thought he had had 'about 12 bottles'. The truck he was driving, which belongs to his employer Alex Van Bibber, sustained about $105 worth of damage. Mr. Simpson was sentenced today to three months' imprisonment on each charge of mischief and criminal negligence. The sentence will run concurrently." (Whitehorse Star)
  *   n.d., Cracker Creek Lodge purchased by Henry May and a partner (Whitehorse Star, March 26, 1987).
  *   May 26, 1989 (to March 16, 1990), for sale: "The old Cracker Creek Lodge (65 miles from Whitehorse at mile 987 Alaska Highway. Includes 10 acres of titled property, the old lodge building (40x16) still intact and used as a home, plus 3 guest cabins of equal vintage. Aso controls access to Morraine Lake. Price $45,000. Listing Agent Michael Brine, Redwood Realty."


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


Canyon Creek Lodge; Canyon Creek Tourist Camp - Historic Mile 996

  *   The Milepost, 1952: "Canyon Creek Tourist Camp & Tavern, with rooms, meals, gas and oil. Canyon Creek, which crosses the highway close to the Camp, rises in Otter Lake, known as a fine spot for both trout and grayling fishing. Some of the best stream and lake fishing in the vicinity is to be had near here. Across the highway is another repeater station, with telephone service."
  *   The Milepost, 1954: "Canyon Creek Tourist Camp & Tavern, with 9 rooms and 2 sleeping cabins, shower, cafe, trailer parking with limited power electric plug-ins, and gas and oil service. Standard Oil list of credit cards accepted. Tires are sold and repaired. Telephone and telegraph service is available across the highway at the maintenance camp and repeater station. Mr. H. Perrin is the owner and operator."
  *   November 20, 1957 ad: "Canyon Creek Lodge, Mile 996. In the shadow of the famous fishing and hunting 'Otter Falls' seen many times on the back of the Canadian five dollar bill. 9 Rooms, semi-private showers. 2 cabins, family style. Tavern. Cafe serving from 6 a.m. to 12 p.m. Chevron Gas credit cards accepted. Tires, Tubes and minor repairs. Open All Winter." (Fairbanks News-Miner Progress Edition)
  *   March 20, 1967, in article "Up-grading at Yukon Hotels": "New building to be constructed with native log exterior; camping area adjacent to main building is being expanded and improved." (Whitehorse Star)


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


Haines Junction Inn, Alaska Highway, 1960s

Haines Junction Inn, Alaska Highway

Kluane Park Inn, Alaska Highway, 1992

Kluane Park Inn, Alaska Highway

Kluane Park Inn; Haines Junction Inn: Haines Junction

  *   Upper photo: 1960s; Yukon Archives, Salley Hogan collection
  *   Upper ad: June 26, 1958, The Whitehorse Star
  *   Lower ad: August 19, 1992, The Whitehorse Star
  *   Lower photo: July 2002

  *   1946, built by O'Harra Bus Lines as a stop on their Whitehorse-Fairbanks route, with Sally and John Backe managing it. At that time, the Backes were running a restaurant in a tent across the road from the lodge location. "But tourist travel was a rare thing on that primitive highway and the bus line went broke. Backe took over and ran the lodge called the Haines Junction Inn where he stayed for 25 years." (Whitehorse Star, Dec. 10, 1970)

  *   The Milepost, 1952: "The New Haines Junction Inn, a fully modern establishment with overnight accommodations for more than 30 persons, Cabins, a cafe, telephone service, tourist information, gas and oil, heated car storage, and souvenirs are all available here. This is a scenic area for camera fans, and there is fishing within a few miles. John Backe is the proprietor."
  *   December 13, 1956: self serve gas pumps have been installed. "First we've seen and they say the system works fine." (Whitehorse Star)
  *   November 28, 1957: "HAINES JUNCTION INN. Mile 1016. Cabins and Rooms with a total of 40... shower baths... Cafe serving fine meals... Tavern... Gas and Oil and credit catds accepted. One of the finest Cocktail Lounges in the North Land serving popular beverages. A Pioneer Establishment owned by Sally and John Backe."
  *   February 11, 1960, while Sally and John Backe are on an extended trip Outside, Jean Newton, a friend for many years, and Trygvie Bakke, a nephew of the Backes, are managing the lodge.
  *   March 3, 1960, Jean Newton and Trigway Bakke apply for a license to sell liquor at the Haines Junction Inn.
  *   July 5, 1965: "The Haines Junction Inn is looking pretty swanky these days. The work on the new dining room is just about finished ad a full staff to take care of the customers." (Whitehorse Star)
  *   April 21, 1967: Haines Junction Inn Limited is incorporated.
  *   December 5, 1970, John Backe died of a heart attack in Vancouver. On September 1, 1977, Sally Backe died in Whitehorse General Hospital.
  *   March 19, 1982, for sale: "Kluane Park Inn (formerly Haines Junction Inn) established in 1946. The new 7 year old complex is situated in Haines Junction near Kluane National Park. This 20 room hotel is the largest and most modern in the community."


Brewster's Lodge, Alaska Highway
Haines Junction Lodge; Brewster's Lodge; Haines Junction Lodge: Haines Junction

  *   Ad: June 7, 1962, The Whitehorse Star

  *   November 28, 1957: "Haines Junction Lodge - Mile 1016. - 7 rooms and 4 family style cabins - Cafe and Tavern. Cafe serving meals until midnight. Fasoline available most all hours. All Credit Cards Accepted. Big Game Guide, Bill Brewster has a class B guide license for big game hunting and fishing parties... guiding for Photographic tours in the Kluane Game Reserve. Operated by Bill Brewster." (Fairbanks Daily News-Miner)
  *   May 1, 1958: Haines Junction Lodge Limited is applying to the Registrar of Joint Stock Companies to change the company name to Brewster's Lodge Limited.
  *   May 22, 1958: Brewster's Lodge ran 2 ads in The Star looking for a girl or woman to do general work in the lodge. The position was taken by Miss Frances Hume, who had left the Yukon 2 years before.
  *   February 1, 1962: "Fire this morning destroyed Brewster's Lodge at Haines Junction, which has been operating since 1955. Nothing was saved but, fortunately, no one was hurt. All that remains is a cabin located at the rear of the lodge. The lodge building itself contained a cafe, tavern, six rooms and the owner's apartment. There were a few cabins in connection with it also." (Whitehorse Star)
  *   December 13, 1965, Brewster's Lodge catered a meal for the St. Elias Lions at the Haines Junction Community Hall.
  *   June 13, 1966, ten pieces of property owned by Brewster's Lodge are listed in the properties for sale for delinquent taxes. The amount owed is large, $955.51.
  *   September 1, 1966: "Bill, Ricky [Mrs. Brewster] and Sharon (daughter] Brewster, of Brewster's Lodge, have returned home after a very brief holiday to Dawson City, Mayo, Elsa and other Yukon communities."
  *   November 10, 1966: "A female impersonator entertainer, who had been driving a red 1963 Cadillac convertible down the Alaska Highway, appeared in Magistrate's court for the second time on Wednesday morning. Dianne Summers (27) of California, was charged last Monday with theft and possession of a woolen blanket and electric kettle from Brewster's lodge at Haines Junction on November 4th." Summers had been in custody for five days but was remanded for another four days, with bail set at $2,000. On November 15th, after 11 days in custody, she was sentenced to one day in jail.
  *   April 2, 1968, for sale: "BREWSTER'S LODGE, Haines Junction, Mile 1016. A.A.A. approved. 11 guest units, full plumbing facilities. Cafe, tavern, trailer court, laundromat, gas pumps. Located at Junction of Haines Highway and Alaska Highway. Inquiries invited. Call DUMAS REALTY, 7-2242. Box 1072."
  *   April 28, 1969, Dolly and George Mason have purchased Brewsters Lodge.They had been operating the Burwash Service Station.
  *   May 31, 1971, Jean and Trig Bakke have taken over management of Brewster's Lodge.
  *   October 28, 1971, a Haines Junction girl, Martha Smith, was placed on a year's probation Wednesday on the recommendation of a pre-sentence report. She had been convicted of stealing a total of $500 from Brewster's Lodge during July and August. She had re-paid the money.
  *   April 28, 1972, Trig Bakke of Brewsters' Lodge has agreed to try a women's night at the tavern for the pool table.
  *   April 9, 1973: Edgar and Lilian Bear are taking over the Gateway Motel (formerly called Brewster's Lodge) which has fourteen units, beer parlour, trailer hook-ups, laundromat and service station.
  *   November 25, 1977, six pieces of property owned by Brewster's Lodge are listed in the properties for sale for delinquent taxes. The amount owed is $1,812.01.
  *   September 13, 2003, Juliana Stephonia Brewster (nee Uhrich), also known as "Julie" or "Ricky", died at Sundre, Alberta, where she and Bill had retired to.


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

Photo: July 2002


Mackintosh Lodge, Alaska Highway

Mackintosh Lodge, Alaska Highway, ca. 1962

Mackintosh Lodge matchbook cover, Alaska Highway

Mackintosh Lodge matchbook cover, 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 1919, the roadhouse was owned and operated by Joseph Beauchamp and his wife. On October 17, it was totally destroyed by fire (see the newspaper article here), but rebuilding began immediately.
  *   In 1936 the property was purchased by G. W. and Dorothy Mackintosh, who built a new cafe from the logs of the original roadhouse.
  *   August 6, 1943, George Peterson's widely-published series Northwest Passage told a bit of the story of Dorothy Mackintosh. Read it here.
  *   The Milepost, 1952: "The Mackintosh Trading Post and Store, and Lodgings, at Bear Creek. This post was founded in 1904, as a supply center for this section of the Dezadeash Mountains. It is in the heart of a highly scenic area, and close to excellent fishing. The owner, Mrs. Dorothy Mackintosh, can accommodate 7 persons in her home (modern bath and plumbing) and also has two large cabins for rent, equipped with cooking facilities. Fine home-cooked meals are served, with fresh vegetables in season from Mrs. Mackintosh's garden. Trailerites will find a good stock of groceries in the store, and overnight parking space."
  *   The Milepost, 1954: "The Mackintosh Lodge & Store, at Bear Creek. This post was founded in 1904, as a supply center for this section of the Dezadeash Mountains. It is in the heart of a highly scenic area, and close to excellent fishing. The owner, Mrs. Dorothy Mackintosh, can accommodate guests in her home (modern bath and plumbing) and also has two large cabins for rent, equipped with cooking facilities. Home-cooked meals are served, with fresh vegetables in season from Mrs. Mackintosh's garden. Trailerites will find groceries in the store, overnight parking space, and pure water from Bear Creek."
  *   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 1966, Dorothy Macintosh wrote a history of the lodge - "The Story of Mackintosh Lodge" was published in The Whitehorse Star on Monday, December 5, 1966.
  *   June 3, 1968: Ed Wyatt, formerly of Haines Junction, presently of Mile 1080 pump station, has taken over as Mackintosh Lodge lessee. Butch and Andy Nygren are enjoying a life of leisure.
  *   May 19, 1970: Word has been received that Dorothy Mackintosh, an old timer in the Yukon and after whom MacKintosh Lodge was named, died on March 1 in Westminster, California. She was a graduate of Columbia University with the degree of Doctor of Philosophy but took to the isolated life, and when her husband died in 1938, she stayed on.
  *   March 6, 1978: Mr. and Mrs. W.D. Bryant Jeeves of Mile 1022, Alaska Highway, are making application to the Yukon Liquor Corporation for the issuance of a restaurant beer & wine licence and a liquor off-premises licence, in respect of the premises known as Mackintosh Lodge.
  *   October 9, 1992: Bryant and Gail Jeeves have been running Mackintosh Lodge for 15 years, and it does well enough that they are able to go Outside fromm October until April. While prepared for that vacation his year, Gail discovered that she had been taken off the voters list, and had to rectify that. Gail is a Yukon Party supporter and suspects that an NDP supporter was responsible for making the complaint had her removed.
  *   In its final years (until 2006), the property went back to the old name, Bear Creek Lodge, and was operated by Bryant and Gail Jeeves.
  *   November 29, 2006: "Bear Creek Lodge at Mile 1022 has just been forced into closure and the owners left destitute. It really hurts to see this. Mile 1118, Kluane Wilderness Village, also had to close after an $80,000 septic upgrade, also forced into bankruptcy. Jim and Dorothy Cook at Koidern River Lodge at Mile 1164 face the same dilemma on top of serious health problems. A mandatory septic upgrade will force closure there as well." (Letter to the Editor by John Obermeier, Whitehorse Star)
  *   May 2, 2007, for sale for $279,000: "Motel, restaurant, lounge and Shop complex on 10.8 Acres bordering Bear Creek. Ill health forces sale, currently not operating. 3 separate buildings, restaurant/lounge with caretakers suite, 7 unit Motel on full basement, and Large industrial shop. Includes all equipment and chattels to operate. Sold as is where is. Note: New septic system required in order to re-open."
  *   September 5, 2007: The price has been dropped to $229,000.
  *   July 23, 2008: The price has been dropped to $205,000.
  *   September 16, 2009: A SOLD banner was finally placed on the ad.


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

  *   The Milepost, 1952: "Silver Creek Lodge, with lodgings, fine cooking, licensed tavern, and gas and oil service. Located in a park-like spot near Beautiful Kluane Lake, it is close to good fishing. An experienced big game guide is available, with pack trains and complete outfitting for sportsmen. There is heated car storage, and space for trailerites and campers, who can buy groceries at the lodge. Inside plumbing is planned for 1952 mid-season. The proprietors are Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Muska."
  *   The Milepost, 1954: "Silver Creek Lodge (AHA), with rooms, modern plumbing and showers, dining room, licensed tavern, and gas and oil service. Standard Oil credit cards accepted. Located in a park-like spot near Beautiful Kluane Lake, it is close to good fishing. An experienced big game guide is available, with pack trains and complete outfitting for sportsmen. There is heated car storage, and space for trailerites and campers, who can buy groceries at the lodge. The proprietors are Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Muska."
  *   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.
  *   June 3, 1965, Mike and Marge Dubinsky are operating the Sheep Mountain Lodge (Whitehorse Star)
  *   June 6, 1966: "Mike Dubinsky,40, proprietor af the Sheep Mountain Motel, Mile 1054 on the Alaska Highway, died Saturday morning when overcome by fumes in a well, down which he had climbed to do some work. An Alaskan truck driver, 18-year-old Vincent Gorup, who had stopped at Dubinsky's lodge for gas, attempted to rescue him, but he too collapsed from the fumes. Word was sent to the Icefield Ranges Research Station across the highway on Kluane Lake, and an employee pulled both men from the well, but Mr. Dubinsky was dead." (Whitehorse Star)
  *   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"
  *   March 31, 1969: "Jan and Mike Williams of Mountain View Lodge expect to be taking over Silver Creek Lodge at Mile 1055 and will probably rename it Kluane Lake Lodge." (Whitehorse Star)
  *   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

  *   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)
  *   May 22, 1987, for sale: "AFFORDABLE LODGE. Kluane Lake Lodge situated on over 5 acres. Includes large 2 bay service garage, 4 unit motel, RV hookups, and gas pumps. Great price at $85,000.00. We have pictures and an appraisal on file."
  *   March 3, 1993, for sale, "A highway commercial venture - just in time for the upcoming tourist season or as a year round operation. Kluane Lake Lodge is located at the south end of beautiful Kluane Lake. This 7 acres includes a 2 bay 30x50 shop of cement block construction, a 16x16 fast food kitchen which is wired and plumbed, and a wash house with a coin-op laundry. Also on the premises are 4 fully serviced RV sites with room for many more. Features 11,000 gal. fuel storage and gas pumps as well as a 30 KW generator and is completed with a 4 unit motel complex. This property has the opportunity for a variety of expansion projects as it is situated next to historic Silver City, Kluane Park, Kluane Lake, Sheep Mountain and Slims River. ALL it takes is a little imagination. Listed to sell quickly at $198,000."


Bayshore Lodge, Alaska Highway

Bayshore Lodge, Alaska Highway

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

Operated by Ron and Marilee Chamber, Grace and Ken Cohoe from 1997 through 2000.

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

  *   The Milepost, 1952: "Destruction Bay Lodge, a Clyde Wann Station, offering rooms, cafe serving fresh local lake trout and whitefish dinners, a general store, beer tavern, and gas, oil, tires, tubes, and tire repair service. There are shower baths, modern rest rooms and heated car storage here, and telephone and telegraph service at the repeater station across the highway."
  *   The Milepost, 1954: same text as in 1952.
  *   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.
  *   June 3, 1965, Hank and Doreen Pirrillo are operating the lodge.
  *   August 23, 1965: "The Destruction Bay Lodge has taken on a new modern look with its log siding and other changes being made around the premises." (Whitehorse Star)

  *   March 20, 1967, in article "Up-grading at Yukon Hotels": "Destruction Bay Lodge, M.P. 1083. Complete new exterior of log siding; interior renovations including panelling, re-painting, and new tile flooring. Four new motel units." (Whitehorse Star)


Kluane Inn / Burwash Landing Lodge, Alaska Highway

Bears at the Burwash Landing Hotel, Alaska Highway, 1950s

Burwash Landing Hotel, Alaska Highway, 1957

Kluane Inn / Burwash Landing Lodge, Alaska Highway

Kluane Inn; Burwash Landing Lodge; Burwash Landing Resort: 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.
  *   Next photo: postcard showing tame bears at the Burwash Landing Hotel, 1950s.
  *   Ad: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, November 20, 1957.
  *   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.
  *   The Milepost, 1952: "Burwash Landing, and Kluane Lodge. This is one of the oldest settlements in the Yukon, the original trading post having been established by the present owners, the Jacquot Brothers, in 1904. In addition to the fine, modern lodge overlooking the lake, there is a cafe, garage with heated car storage, and store. This whole lake area is an outdoorsman's paradise, offering unparalleled opportunities for taking still or motion pictures of gorgeous mountain scenery, wildlife and placer gold mining (pan your own gold). Complete outfitting including horses and all arrangements for tours of entire area are available. Lake fishing here is marvelous, yielding lake trout of large size, and grayling. There is a quaint log mission church and school operated by the Catholic Fathers, and an Indian village at Burwash."
  *   September 30, 1953, for sale: "BEAUTIFUL Kluane Lake Lodge at Burwash Landing on Alcan Highway. Milepost 1093. Write or call Mrs. Ruth Jacquot." (Fairbanks Daily News-Miner)
  *   The Milepost, 1954: "Burwash Landing, & Kluane Lodge, on the shore of the lake via a ½-mile side road. Burwash Landing is one of the oldest trading posts in the Yukon, being established in 1904 by the Jacquot brothers. Jean Jacquot, a famous big game guide, passed away in 1950, after 46 years as virtual king of a wilderness realm with Burwash Landing being the headquarters. The lodge is a two story log structure with plumbing and tub or showers, (two of each) and accommodations for 42 persons. Also in the village is a cafe, a garage with limited warm storage, gas and oil service, and a general store. Mrs. Jean Jacquot is the owner of the lodge."
  *   November 20, 1957: "Mile 1093 - Burwash Landing Hotel. New Cafe open 6-12 PM. 21-Room Hotel. 8 Housekeeping Cabins. Gas - Oil - Garage. Souvenirs. General Store. Trading Post - Est. 1904. Warm Storage. On the Beautiful Kluane Lake. Fishing. Our own fresh vegetables. to rent Boats. Trailer Parking. Tame Bears! To See! Fresh Fish in Season." (Fairbanks Daily News-Miner)
  *   "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.
  *   March 1, 1962, L.G. Allinger applies for a license to sell beer at the Burwash Lodge. Betty and Leland Allinger are the lodge owners.
  *   September 16, 1965: "Leland Allinger of Burwash Landing is harvesting his barley and oat crop. Nice to see grain growing in this area." (Whitehorse Star)
  *   through the 1960s, any injured person or animal was brought to Betty Allinger to be cared for - the Whitehorse Star has a few such reports.
  *   March 20, 1967, in article "Up-grading at Yukon Hotels": "Burwash Lodge, M.P. 1093. Eight new motel units - new dining room overlooking Kluane Lake completed last year." (Whitehorse Star)
  *   November 24, 1972, Leland and Betty Allinger have close the Burwash Lodge for the winter, for the first time ever, and gone to California.
  *   1982, the lodge has been taken over by Helen and Ollie Wirth.
  *   March 12, 2003, the Burwash Landing Resort is for sale for $1.2 million - 120 acres, 25 fully furnished rooms, restaurant/dining room, cocktail lounge, RV park, 250-seat cafeteria, and garage with gas bar. In June 2005 the price was dropped to $980,000.
  *   ca. September 2007, purchased by the Kluane Community Development Corporation.
  *   November 2013, a retirement party was held in Burwash Landing for Helen and Ollie Wirth, after more than 31 years operating the Burwash Landing Resort.
  *   January 2015, controversy about the planned demolition of the lodge.


Joe's Airport Lodge, Alaska Highway, 1957
Joe's Airport Lodge - Historic Mile 1095, ca. Km 1704.6 (old Km ca. 1763)

  *   Ad: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, November 28, 1957

  *   May 19, 1950: "FOR RENT- Joe's Airport Lodge including hotel, cafe and beer parlor (license to be applied for). Write Mrs. Chouinard, Mile 1095, Alaska Highway for information." (Whitehorse Star)
  *   February 2, 1951: "Miss Ethel Chouinard held a miscellaneous shower on January 20th at Joe's Airport Lodge in honour of Miss Winona Hollingshead, whose marriage to Mr. Valentine Scheck took place on January 27th at the Roman Catholic Mission at Burwash Landing." (Whitehorse Star)
  *   October 12, 1951: "THANK YOU. I wish to thank all who so kindly helped me in our recent fire. Thanks to Al Back, Albert Topham and their men of maintenance camp 1083, Denny Geddes and his men of C.N.T., Mrs. Ruth Jacquot and her assistant. Mrs. Ethel Chouinard, Mile 1090, Joe's Airport Lodge" (Whitehorse Star)
  *   The Milepost, 1952: "Joe's Airport Lodge, across the highway from flight strip No. 8. This lodge, which is 176 miles from Whitehorse, and 126 miles from the Alaska-Yukon border, has rooms for 25 persons, a cafe, truckers' dormitory, beer tavern, gas and oil service, and a garage with heated car storage, expert auto and tire repairs, lubrication, and tires for sale. Aviation gas is available for planes using the adjacent flight strip. Joe's caters to all motorists and truckers, with 24 hour mechanical service. Free parking for trailers. Showers and inside plumbing will be added for 1952 season. Mr. and Mrs. Joe Chouinard are the proprietors."
  *   June 17, 1953, a daughter, Marsha Kluane, was born at the Whitehorse General Hospital to Mr. and Mrs. Joe Chouinard. (Whitehorse Star)
  *   The Milepost, 1954: Joe's Airport Lodge, across from the flight strip, caters especially to truckers, with a dormitory, and engine and tire repairs by an experienced mechanic, with arc welding a specialty, and 24-hour emergency repair service. Ethyl and regular gas pumps, Standard Oil credit cards accepted, tires are sold, and aviation gas is carried for planes using the adjacent flight strip. Other facilities are a cafe, beer tavern, rooms for 25 persons, heated storage for 16 cars, and free parking for trailers. Cabins and modern plumbing are planned for addition during 1954. Mr. and Mrs. Joe Chouinard are the owners and operators."
  *   The Milepost, 1957: "1095 (F. 425) - Joe's Airport Lodge - opposite air strip, welcomes truckers, with a dormitory, engine & tire repairs, arc welding by experienced mechanic, & diesel fuel. 24 hour emergency repairs, warm storage for cars or large trucks & trailers. The lodge accommodates 40 persons, rooms have hot & cold water, innerspring mattresses, & detached bathrooms with tub or shower. Cafe has counter & table service, groceries, fine artesian well water, & adjoining beer tavern. Free trailer space. Gas - aviation, regular & ethyl, with Standard list of credit cards honored. New Goodyear (passenger) tires $15 up. U.S. currency at par. Long distance phone & telegraph service. Owned & operated by Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Chouinard."
  *   July 24, 1958, Ethel and Joseph Chouinard applied for a licence to sell cocktails at Joe's Airport Lodge.
  *   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.
  *   October 1, 1959: "Southbound in a 1938 vehicle, Gerald Cox, 22 and Harry Hart tried to siphon some gasoline from a truck at Joe's Airport Lodge. There was some objection to this and the pair wound up serving one day in jail each before being sent on their way." (Whitehorse Star)
  *   January 12, 1961: "Al Calford was in town on a short business trip this week. He and Dorrie recently took over management of Joe's Airport Lodge at Mile 1095." (Whitehorse Star)
  *   October 15, 1962: "Joe's Airport Lodge at mile 1095 was destroyed in the early hours of Saturday morning [October 13th] from a fire of undetermined origin. The blaze appeared to have broken out in the vicinity of the furnace room. It was spotted in time to permit all guests and staff to escape but nothing in the way of personal belongings was saved, One tourist was said to have lost two thousand dollars in the fire." (Whitehorse Star) Read the entire article here.


Traveller's Service Lodge, Alaska Highway, 1971









Kluane Wilderness Village, Alaska Highway, 1999









Kluane Wilderness Village, Alaska Highway, 2000









Kluane Wilderness Village, Alaska Highway, 2001
Travellers Services; Mount Kennedy Motel; Kluane Wilderness Village (a.k.a. "Trout's Place"): Historic Mile 1118, Km 1737 (old Km 1797.2)

Upper photos: February 22, 1971
Lower photo: September 11, 1999
Upper ad: May 24, 2000
Lower ad: August 29, 2001

  *   April 1, 1964: Traveller's Services (Yukon) Limited is registered as a corporation.
  *   May 10, 1965: "Pat and Duke French are the new operators of Travellers Service at Mile 1118. Duke was formerly with the government at Watson Lake and Haines Junction, and is well known on the highway, especially in the curling circles,so we expect to have some real strong competition this winter at Destruction Bay." (Whitehorse Star)
  *   June 3, 1965, Duke French is operating the lodge; "he has only been in business for about a month." (Whitehorse Star)

  *   August 11, 1966: "The new addition to the Traveller's Service has been completed and is located as a seperate operation across the road. The new units name is Mount Kennedy Motel and it overlooks the Kluane River. A tower thirty feet high has been erected at Travellers Service for viewing some of our famous peaks. This tower has a spiral stairway with two landings and a giant telescope to view Mount Lucania and Mount Logan with Mount Kennedy in the background, in the St. Elias Range." (Whitehorse Star)
  *   January 16, 1967: "Travellers Service at 1118 is closed for the winter months. Mike and Anne Yakielashek and girls have moved into Whitehorse. They plan to re-open the lodge in April."
  *   March 20, 1967, in article "Up-grading at Yukon Hotels": "Travellers Services, M.P. 1118. New motel section (Mt. Kennedy Motel) across the highway from the main hotel, 5 units completed with additional 20 units scheduled for completion in May, 1967. A steel lookout tower has been erected for sightseers." (Whitehorse Star)
  *   July 1969, a fire gutted the lodge's garage.
  *   February 15, 1971: "The Travellers' Services Lodge at Mile 1118 burned down in the early hours of Saturday morning. No one was injured, but damage in excess of $100,000 has been estimated. The lodge was owned by Mr. and Mrs. Mike Yakielashek who also own the Takhini Trailer Court north of Whitehorse. Yakielashek was at the north highway lodge preparing to open it for the season starting Monday, when the fire occurred. He said had lit the kitchen propane range then gone to see to the light plant which had quit working. When he looked again he saw the kitchen burning but was unable to phone for help because the phone system was damaged. Destroyed in the fire were several rooms, restaurant, cocktail lounge and attached garage. The lodge has motel units on the other side of the Alaska Highway but these were not damaged. The buildings were insured." (Whitehorse Star)
  *   August 7, 1972: in a lengthy article by Dennis Senger, Mrs. Yakielashik said that campers, and people wanting everything they could get for free, were destroying the lodge business, and suggested that the government buy unprofitable lodges. (Whitehorse Star)
  *   July 25, 1975: "The old Mount Kennedy Motel is under new ownership and is open again." It has been sold to Frigon & Trout (Whitehorse Star)
  *   October 19, 1983, Kluane Wilderness Village has received $120,000 from a federal/territorial tourism program, "to provide for expansions to allow it to operate year-round rather than in summers only. The lodge will spend a total of $340,000 on upgrading its campground and opening a service station, handicraft-grocery store and laundromat."
  *   July 31, 1987: "New Listing. Kluane Wilderness Village, Mile 1118 (Km 1799). One of the more successful and professionally run operations on the Alaska Highway. Full service lodge - 25 log cabins with private baths - all new licenced dining, cocktail lounge and games room - 24 hour Petrocan Service Station - complete mechanical services with towing and welding - souvenir and craft shop - 52 full service RV Park sites. Separate winter operation possible with kitchen and dining facilities & new motel units. Accommodates overnight bus tours, RV, road traffic and highway crews. Gross sales near $1 million and this years business is up considerably. Financial statements and pictures available. Serious inquiries call Norma Waddington at 668-6018 or 668-3500. (Whitehorse Star)
  *   August 9, 1989: "Join the Kluane Placer Miners for their 'Discover Kluane Weekender' at Kluane Wildemess Village (Scully's Tavern) August 11, 12 & 13. Nightly entertainment with special guest Dave Marcus and regulars Leonard Alexander and Piano Joe. Gold panning - Fishing - Sightseeing. Saturday Night Barbecue! Special weekend rates for cabins and R.V.park." (Whitehorse Star)
  *   April 30, 1999: "Golden Hill Ventures has been awarded an $8.9-million contract for road construction between Quill Creek and the Kluane Wildemess Village (kilometre 1787.5 to 1797.6). The work, expected to employ 50 people, is expected to be finished by August 2000." (Whitehorse Star) Highway work in the area was always of great benefit to lodges.
  *   June 1999, while more than 200 travellers waited at the lodge for the highway to re-open, heavy winds threatened to blow the wildfire to them on short notice. (John Trout, Whitehorse Star, Sept. 13)
  *   May 24, 2000: "New listing. Kluane Wilderness Village $2,000,000. Mile 1118 Alaska Highway. Incredible opportunity to own a diversified - full season - tourism based business. This is the perfect base for expansion into eco-tourism and the Yukon's as yet untapped winter tourism market. The Village is already well established and leaves unlimited opportunity for expansion. On site: motel, cabins, campground/RV park (with stocked lake), cafe, saloon, diner, gift shop, laundry, showers and 24 hour truck stop with fuel. I have the details, you have the opportunity. Listing agent - Dawn Kostelnik, 668-3500 or 633-3938." (Whitehorse Star)
  *   At some point, Kluane Wilderness Village had wooden coins produced. Other Yukon businesses and organizations to do this were Diamond Tooth Gerties, J. Miller Starlite Lounge, Yukon Inn, Dawson City Bakery, 5th Wheel Service, Yukon Forest Service, and Pine Valley Lodge.
  *   August 29, 2001: listing price reduced to $1,800,000.
  *   June 18, 2003: listing price reduced to $1,650,000.
  *   June 18, 2003: a gas theft at Kluane Wilderness Village at 04:45 resulted in a wild police chase that ended at Marshall Creek on the old Alaska Highway in Haines Junction. A 28-year-old U.S. Army Staff Sergeant from Fort Wainwright, Alaska, Kelly James Moriarty, was arrested and charged with robbery and dangerous driving. (Whitehorse Star)
  *   July 4, 2003: Kluane Wilderness Village has been added to to list of debtors in arrears to the Yukon government, with $15,600 owing.
  *   September 15, 2004, John Emerson Trout, owner of Kluane Wilderness Village, died at Whitehorse General Hospital. He was buried in the Bashaw Cemetery at Bashaw, Alberta, with many other family members.
  *   May 12, 2006: about 80 men working on the new Donjek River Bridge project are living at the Gold Hill camp or down the road at Kluane Wilderness Village.
  *   November 29, 2006: "Bear Creek Lodge at Mile 1022 has just been forced into closure and the owners left destitute. It really hurts to see this. Mile 1118, Kluane Wilderness Village, also had to close after an $80,000 septic upgrade, also forced into bankruptcy. Jim and Dorothy Cook at Koidern River Lodge at Mile 1164 face the same dilemma on top of serious health problems. A mandatory septic upgrade will force closure there as well." (Letter to the Editor by John Obermeier, Whitehorse Star)
  *   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)

  *   November 10, 1966: "Mr. and Mrs. Mike Williams are operating Mountain View Lodge at Mile 1128." (Whitehorse Star)
  *   June 29, 1970: "Mile 1128 - Mountain view Lodge has gas, oil, cabins, meals." (Whitehorse Star)


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

Photo: June 1, 2011

  *   March 20, 1967, in article "Up-grading at Yukon Hotels": "Mile 1147. A new highway establishment under construction will include cafe, service station and four motel units as first stage of the development (Welcome to the new owners - Mr. and Mrs. Peter Mogeson.)" (Whitehorse Star)
  *   June 29, 1970: "Mile 1147 - Pine Valley Motel has gas, oil, towing service, cabins, campgrounds." (Whitehorse Star)


Rover's Inn - Historic Mile 1156

  *   The Milepost, 1952: "Rover's Inn, a neat little cafe and service station opposite the maintenance camp. Breakfast and light lunches are served from 7 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., canned goods is carried for trailerites and campers, and cigarettes, soft drinks and candy are sold. The gas station handles Standard Oil Products. Cabins are planned for the mid-season of 1952. Everett and Vera Langley are the proprietors."
  *   In 1953, moved to Mile 1167.


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
  *   June 29, 1970: "Mile 1167 - Koidern has gas, camping space, big game outfitting." (Whitehorse Star)
  *   November 29, 2006: "Bear Creek Lodge at Mile 1022 has just been forced into closure and the owners left destitute. It really hurts to see this. Mile 1118, Kluane Wilderness Village, also had to close after an $80,000 septic upgrade, also forced into bankruptcy. Jim and Dorothy Cook at Koidern River Lodge at Mile 1164 face the same dilemma on top of serious health problems. A mandatory septic upgrade will force closure there as well." (Leter to the Editor by John Obermeier, Whitehorse Star)
  *   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:

  *   The Milepost, 1954: "The Rover's Inn, formerly at milepost 1156 has been moved to this improved site opposite the Koidern telephone and telegraph station, and will be undergoing continuous enlargement during the current season. Open for business, present facilities include rooms, cabins, a cafe, gas and oil, tires and tire repairs. Space and limited power plug-ins available for trailers or engine block heaters. Modern plumbing and showers are planned for installation during 1954. Owned and operated by Everett G. and Vera Langley.
  *   "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."
  *   February 7, 2021: "39 acres for sale located on Mile 1167 near Beaver Creek. With a little bit of clearing and cleanup, this parcel will be suited for someone looking for a business opportunity or to escaped their 9-5! This parcel had businesses which operated on it starting from the 1950's such as the Rover's Inn; Northwest Trading Post; Koidern Gulf Services and the Bear Flats Lodge. $230,000. Brittany Widrig, Coldwell Banker Redwood Realty."


White River Lodge, Alaska Highway, 1992

White River Lodge, Alaska Highway

White River Lodge, Alaska Highway

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

The ad to the left was in The Milepost, 1992 edition.
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.
  *   January 25, 1946: "O'Harra Bus Lines to Erect New Lodge at White River. Mr. Kenneth O'Harra, who was in town last week-end on a business trip, informs us that plans_and arrangements have been made for him to open a new lodge at White River. He expects it to be completed and ready for operating in time for the tourist traffic this summer. The lodge is to be open the year round. He stated Canadian Customs and Immigration officials were interested in the proposition as they will soon be operating an office in that area." (Whitehorse Star)
  *   February 6, 1958, Daniel E. Nowlan and Erika Nowlan applied for a licence to sell beer at the White River Lodge.
  *   April 9, 1959: "Danny Nowlan of White River Lodge, tamer of wolves and falcons, may lease his place out next fall." (Whitehorse Star)
  *   on October 1, 1959, Charlie Lee and his wife Wilma ("Billie") took over the lodge after buying it from Danny Nowlan. (Whitehorse Star)
  *   "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.
  *   ca. September 1, 1962, high winds (measured at 80 mph at Northway), blew part of the lodge's roof off.
  *   May 30, 1963: "Fire Hits White River. The garage facilities at White River Lodge, Alaska Highway Mile 1169, were destroyed in a blaze that broke out at 7 a.m. Tuesday [May 28]. A portion of the lodge building itself also was damaged, The loss could exceed ten thousand dollars. It is understood the premises were covered by insurance. Lodge operator Con Bradley said he discovered the fire when the main circuit breaker went out. He rushed outside to find smoke pouring from the eaves of the garage. Loss in the fire includes two light plants and an arc welder." (Whitehorse Star)
  *   August 22, 1963, the Bradleys have the lodge for sale.
  *   December 26, 1963, caretaker Ole Wickstrom had a heart attack, and was dead by the time the ambulance reached Whitehorse.
  *   April 29, 1965, the Bradleys again have the lodge for sale.
  *   August 23, 1965: "Con and Camile Bradley of the White River Lodge have sold their place and are now looking for a likely summer home around Kluane, The lodge has only changed owners, it is still in the family. Mrs. Bradley's brother bought the lodge and we wish him well in the business." (Whitehorse Star)
  *   November 10, 1966: "Mr. and Mrs. Tom Bradley and Mr. and Mrs. Tony McInelly are now operating the White River Lodge, which in previous years was closed for the winter." (Whitehorse Star)
  *   June 29, 1970: "Mile 1169 - White River Lodge has rooms, cabins, trailer court, cafe, gas, oil, campgrounds." (Whitehorse Star)
  *   in December 1974, Klondike Realty had the White River Lodge listed for sale, as well as the Beaver Creek Motel and Iron Creek Lodge.

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")

  *   was in operation in December 1947.
  *   September 1, 1949: "WANTED for Dry Creek Lodge, mile 1184 Alaska Highway. Female cook, references if possible. Temperate and willing to adjust to northern conditions, $150 and board. Plane fare advanced. Ph. 32607. " (Edmonton Journal)
  *   Bus passengers would transfer here from the Canadian busses operated by the British Yukon Navigation Company to American ones operated by Alaska Coachways.
  *   November 2, 1951: "Fire Destroys Dry Creek Lodge. A fire of undetermined origin completely razed the main building of Dry Creek Lodge last Saturday [October 27th]. Details are scarce, but it has been learned that the lodge is a total loss as far as accommodation is concerned and a hard blow to highway travellers." (Whitehorse Star)
  *   The Milepost, 1954: "Site of former Dry Creek Lodge, destroyed by fire in the Fall of 1951. Lunches, groceries and gas may be available here, (no information at press time.)"


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 Trading Company - Historic Mile 1200

  *   The Milepost, 1952: "Beaver Creek Trading Co., offering year-round service and a friendly welcome to all highway travelers. Services include a full line of groceries, plus fresh vegetables and seasonal fruits as available - also confectionery, tobacco, magazines, soft drinks, Indian handicrafts, tires and tubes, minor car repairs. Gas and oil winter or summer. Trailer parking space. Cabins planned for summer of 1952. Owned and operated by John Livesey."
  *   The Milepost, 1954: "Beaver Creek Trading Co., Beaver Park, operates a general store, providing a good selection of groceries, soft drink, fresh vegetables, fruit, magazines, hardware, dry goods, guns, fishing tackle (fishing licenses sold) drug sundries etc. Also a service station with gas and oil, tires and tubes, tire repairs, minor auto repairs, and accessories, with courteous service to all travelers. Sleeping cabins are planned for Spring of 1954. Owned and operated by John Livesey."


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


Alas/Kon Border Lodge, Alaska Highway
Beaver Creek Motel

The ad to the left appeared in the Fairbanks News-Miner on May 29, 1971.

  *   Owned by Rose & John McPhail
  *   June 22, 1970, "New Cafe Opens. Beaver Creek's newest cafe, known as Beaver Creek Motel & Cafe, opened this past week. Located just to the south of the Alas/Kon Border Lodge, it is owned and operated by Rose McPhail, with the able assistance of Mae Anderson and Donna Maher. In conjunction with the cafe is a five unit motel, each roomy unit containing two double beds and individual bathrooms." (Whitehorse Star)
  *   May 6, 1971, John S. McPhail applies for a licence to sell liquor at the Beaver Creek Motel.
  *   May 27, 1974, a brief listing in the Whitehorse Star has the motel and restaurant for sale. On July 10th, the ad has been expanded: "Beaver Creek Motel - Located at Mile 1202 on the Alaska Highway. Excellent Tourist accommodation. Bright, clean cafe seats 35. 5 large modern rooms with bath and a 1-bedroom suite for owner. 40 x 60 stuccoed building. Owner doing thriving business in this friendly community of Beaver Creek."
  *   in December 1974, Klondike Realty had the Beaver Creek Motel listed for sale, as well as White River Lodge and Iron Creek Lodge.
  *   closed in 1979.


Alas/Kon Border Lodge, Alaska Highway

Westmark Inn Beaver Creek, Alaska Highway, 1992

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
Ad: The Milepost, 1992 edition
Lower photo: June 2, 2011

  *   November 26, 1954 - Clyde Wann builds the first section of the Beaver Creek Lodge.
  *   November 20, 1957: "Clyde Wann's Beaver Creek Lodge - Mile 1202. The newest Clyde Wann Station. Adjoining the Canadian Customs. Rooms with bath - Hot and cold water showers on the same floor, 30 Rooms. Beautiful Log Construction - Stone Fireplace. Open 24 hours all year round. Good Food all hours. Southbound travelers are permitted to stop at this lodge after Customs closes and check in with them the following morning. Warm Storage for 15 cars. Canadian Beer." (Fairbanks Daily News-Miner)
  *   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.
  *   in about 1961, Clyde Wann sold Beaver Creek Lodge to Alas/Kon Lodges, a company formed by Westours for the purpose of purchasing the lodge.
  *   June 29, 1970: "Alas/Kon Border Lodge - A Westour stop; 4-5 buses stop daily during the busy summer season. Gas and lodging are available as well as a cocktail lounge." (Whitehorse Star)
  *   June 20, 1973: "On the left of [the Beaver Creek Mote] is the Alas/Kon Border Lodge with modern rooms, dining room and cocktail lounge. This is a Standard Chevron service station and your hosts are Bill and Helen Statnyk and son." (Whitehorse Star)
  *   August 12, 1990: "There is an obligatory overnight layover in Beaver Creek in the Yukon. Make reservations in advance because the three motels there often fill up. All three have restaurants. - Westmark Inn Beaver Creek: A deluxe motel at deluxe prices. Double room is about $110 U.S. For more information, call (403) 862-7501." (Los Angeles Times, article about taking a bus to Alaska)
  *   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

  *   in 2004, the Valdez Fisheries Development Association announced that it was going to start a promotion, by installing computers at Buckshot Betty's. The computers' screensavers would advertise Valdez as a destination, and people would get a coupon that could be redeemed for a free pink salmon once they reached Valdez. An article about the plan appeared in The Spokesman-Review (Spokane, WA) on July 18, 2004, but we've been unable to find any more information about it.
  *   October 2004, for sale for $395,000: "Buckshot Betty's on the Alaska Highway in Beaver Creek. Bustling full menu restaurant, including pizzas and fresh baked goods, gift shop, 5 rental cabins and self serve gas/diesel station. Most improvements are only a few years old. 2.07 acre property with 300' of high visibility frontage and includes 4000 square foot pad for additional development. Operates year round, get in now for the busy summer season!" In August 2005, the price was dropped to $350,000.


Ida's Motel & Cafe, Alaska Highway, 1992

Ida's Motel & Cafe, Alaska Highway, 1992

Ida's Motel & Cafe, Alaska Highway, 2011

Ida's Motel & Cafe:

  *   Ad: The Milepost, 1992 edition
  *   Upper photo: 1993
  *   Lower photo: June 1, 2011

  *   Opened in the late 1950s by Gene and Ida McCabe. The first building was log and was destroyed by fire the following year.
  *   August 31, 1961, Eugene McCabe applies for a licence to sell beer at Ida's Motel.
  *   November 10, 1966: "Ida's Motel is now open again and under new management. Mr. and Mrs. Stan Notland of Whitehorse are the new proprietors, A lot of changes are taking place. Nora and Stan are working very hard to get things done the way they want them. This will take quite a bit of time."
  *   May 12, 1972: "Ida McCabe; formerly of Beaver Creek, Mile 1202, has sold Idas' Motel and is now living at 556 Pinetree Rd., in Rutland, B.C. and wants her Yukon friends to drop in to see her. The new owners are Claire and Harry Weiss; a warm, friendly couple and former Yukoners." (Whitehorse Star)
  *   June 20, 1973: "...just beyond Canada Customs is Ida's Motel, a modern motel with a cafe, beer parlor and packaged liquor. Gulf gas an oil products are also sold. Harry and Clare Weiss and son are your hosts." (Whitehorse Star) - September 23, 1974, Ida's Motel and Cafe Limited was struck from the Register of Joint Stock Companies.
  *   August 12, 1990: "There is an obligatory overnight layover in Beaver Creek in the Yukon. Make reservations in advance because the three motels there often fill up. All three have restaurants. - Ida's Motel & Cafe: A local hangout with a good restaurant, a popular bar and 14 modest rooms. Double room is about $45 U.S. My full dinner of barbecued pork ribs, salad, dessert, beer and tip came to about $18. (403) 862-7223." (Los Angeles Times, article about taking a bus to Alaska)
  *   February 22, 1993, destroyed by fire caused by an electrical problem. The owners at that time were Walter and Jackie Kropius. They had bought it in December 1992 after leasing and operating it for 3 years.
  *   April 12, 1993: "For a cost in excess of $400,000, Ida's Motel in Beaver Creek will be rebuilt, says Ida's owner. Jackie Kropius said today an Atco trailer system with 18 motel-room units will arrive in the western Yukon community later this month. The restaurant and lounge area will be the normal construction type, she said. She expects the somewhat-historic Alaska Highway cafe to be fully-operational by the end of May, or mid-June at the latest." It actually opened for business on December 4, 1993.
  *   September-November 1995, for sale for $475,000, with offers subject to court approval. It did sell, to Nirbinder Dhillon, owner of the Family Hotel in Whitehorse.
  *   November 2000, for sale for $725,000. Price later dropped to $699,000 - the ad ran until February 2003.
  *   16 units of the motel burned in June 2002, new buildings opened in September 2003.
  *   July 2004, for sale for $1,100,000. "Motel was rebuilt from the ground up, re-opened in September of 2003. There are 21 spacious and modern rooms, the finest on the Alaska Highway." The ad ran constantly but in June 2008 the price was raised to $1,200,000. The ads ran until January 2009.
  *   April 2016, for sale for $1,200,000. The ads ran until December 2016.

Web site: stopinfamilyhotel.ca/idasmotel


Marvin's Roost, Alaska Highway, 1992

1202 Motor Inn, Alaska Highway

1202 Motor Inn, Alaska Highway

Marvin's Roost; 1202 Motor Inn:

  *   Ad: August 19, 1992, The Whitehorse Star
  *   Upper photo: June 1, 2011
  *   Lower photo: July 8, 2004

  *   August 12, 1990: "There is an obligatory overnight layover in Beaver Creek in the Yukon. Make reservations in advance because the three motels there often fill up. All three have restaurants. - Marvin's Roost: An even more modest motel. Most rooms have a shared bath. Double room is about $38 U.S. (403) 862-7516." (Los Angeles Times, article about taking a bus to Alaska)
  *   February 1991, for sale: "The Best Investment on the Alaska Highway. New log restaurant & lounge in Beaver Creek. Motel with 8 rooms. 10 additional rooms for rental. Lots of highway frontage to add gas pumps, convenience store on. Good well & septic system."
  *   May 1998, lodge owner Robert Beatty won $10,000 in the Money Doubler lottery. "With the money, Beatty plans on fixing up the inn and bought a huge bouquet of flowers for his wife."
  *   October 2008, for sale for $735,000. "Property includes 2.29 acres of commercial land, over 18 000 sq ft of buildings, a campsite with 20 fully serviced stalls for motorhome traffic, and well established, repeat clientele for the motel, restaurant, gas station sales and gift store."

Web site: 1202MotorInn.ca


Sourdough Inn; Sourdough Lodge; Sourdough House - Historic Mile 1210

  *   1948, built by Pete Eikland below Sourdough Hill - "last stop on Canadian side"
  *   The Milepost, 1952: "Sourdough House, a small and genuine 'north country' log lodge, reminiscent of the early days of the Yukon, and as freshly clean as the north woods. The term 'Sourdough' originated with and now means the same as pioneer, as the old timers made bread and flapjacks from 'sour' or fermented dough. This little lodge provides cozy sleeping rooms with twin beds, and serves wholesome meals from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. A separate log cabin near the lodge houses the Sourdough beer tavern. Mr. and Mrs. H. J. Brooks are the owners."
  *   The Milepost, 1954: "Sourdough Lodge, a Yukon-style log lodge, with 4 bedrooms and 2 extra rooms in separate cabins. Cleanliness and comfort are stressed, and the new owners are making constant improvements during the current season. Meals are served, with full breakfasts, and light lunches including home-made cakes and pies, sandwiches and salads during balance of day. Gas and oil, and tire repairs are available. Being only 10 miles from the Canada Customs office at the border, this is a convenient stop for motorists arriving after the 10 p.m. border closing. Your host and hostess are Dick & Laura Hart."


Border Lodge; Boundary Roadhouse - Historic Mile 1220

  *   The Milepost, 1954: "Boundary Roadhouse, directly opposite the Canada Customs and Immigration Offices, near the Alaska-Yukon border. Services include rooms, a cafe, heated car storage, groceries, gas and oil, minor car repairs and tire repairs. Open from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Yukon time. (Rooms available all night.) Operated by Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Kingsep.
  *   The Milepost, 1954: "Border Lodge, opposite Canada Customs office, with 4 cabins, cafe, gas and oil service, minor car repairs, tire repairs, towing and welding. Gas tank repairs are a specialty. Limited heated car storage is available in winter months. The installation of showers in the main building is planned for early in the 1954 season. This establishment is under new management, and promises 24 hour service during the current season."


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


Border City Trading Post and Cabins - Historic Mile 1225.5

  *   The Milepost, 1952: "Border City Trading Post and Cabins - 'Border City, population 2,' is the way the owners humorously describe their store, cabins and gas station. This is your first stop on the Alaskan side (going north) and first opportunity to replenish your supply of American cigarettes, candy bars and groceries. Indian handicrafts, souvenirs, miscellaneous clothing items, packaged liquors and ice-cold beer are sold here. The owners are Mr. and Mrs. Matt Grahek."
  *   The Milepost, 1954: "Border City Trading Post, established in 1946 is your first stop on the Alaskan side going north. 'Border City—population 2' is the humorous description applied by the owners to their store and gas station. The gas pumps and storage tanks are completely modern, and set well back from the highway with ample clearance for the largest trucks and trailers. Gas service is from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., Alaska time. Chevron products are handled, with Standard Oil list of credit cards accepted. The trading post handles groceries, miscellaneous clothing, souvenirs, Indian handicrafts, packaged liquors, and ice cold beer, and offers your first chance to replenish your supply of American cigarettes and candy bars. The owners and operators are Mr. and Mrs. Matt Grahek."


Scotty Creek Lodge, Alaska Highway

Scotty Creek Lodge, Alaska Highway

Scotty Creek Lodge, Alaska Highway

Scotty Creek Lodge, Alaska Highway

Scotty Creek Lodge: Historic Mile 1226.

  *   Upper ad: Fairbanks News-Miner Progress Edition, November 20, 1957.
  *   Centre photo: postcard, 1950s
  *   Next ad: Fairbanks News-Miner, June 11, 1965.
  *   Lower ad: Fairbanks News-Miner, May 29, 1971.

  *   First mentioned in many newspapers in December 1948 when a young man was badly frozen while trying to hike from Chisana to the lodge.
  *   November 2, 1950, Mrs. Lille Darlin of Scotty Creek Lodge on the Alaska Highway was visiting her daughter in Sitka. (Sitka Sentinel)
  *   The Milepost, 1952: "Scotty Creek Lodge, 4½ miles from the Yukon border. This is a convenient place for tourists to stop overnight, as it is about halfway between Whitehorse and Fairbanks. There are rooms with deep innerspring mattresses, modern plumbing and showers, and meals and beer are served in the dining room. The curio-seeker will find a large collection from which to choose Alaskan souvenirs. There is car repair service, gas and oil, tires, long distance telephone and non-resident hunting and fishing licenses are sold. The owners and operators are J. H. Whipple, W. J. Darlin, and Fred F. Lappi."
  *   The Milepost, 1954: "Scotty Creek Lodge, 4½ miles from the Yukon border is the first stop with all facilities (northbound) and a convenient halfway stop between Whitehorse and Fairbanks. The lodge has 27 rooms which can accommodate up to 60 persons, beds with innerspring mattresses, showers and inside plumbing, cafe and separate cocktail bar, gas and oil service with Standard Oil credit cards accepted, tires at 'Stateside prices' and tire repairs, minor auto repairs, and towing service. Souvenirs made by local Indians are sold. Alaska hunting and fishing licenses are issued. Long distance telephone. Owned and operated by Wm. J. Darlin, and Fred F. Lappi."
  *   April 30, 1954, Jim Whipple, formerly of Scotty Creek Lodge, has bought a service station in Slaterville, Fairbanks.
  *   March 31, 1955, the lodge is owned by Bill and Hilda Marie Darlin.
  *   November 2, 1956, Fred Lappi has the lodge for sale.
  *   March 16, 1957, Mr. & Mrs. Fred Lappi's second child, a son named Logan Stewart Lappi, was born at St. Joseph's hospital in Fairbanks.
  *   In 1957-1958, operated by Fred and Betty Lappi.
  *   August 5, 1959: "Flames early today completely destroyed all the main buildings of Scotty Creek Lodge, a famed Alaska Highway hostelry located at Mile 1226. There were only a few tourists in the lodge at the time the fire broke out, and all escaped from the blaze. The fire consumed the bar, restaurant and hotel, and also destroyed an adjacent building occupied by the owners, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Lappi, The two owners were visiting in Anchorage at the the fire broke out. They were notified by telephone today. The destroyed buildings were valued at approximately $150,000. It was reported that the loss was not covered by insurance. ...The lodge is used by Canadian buses as an overnight stop, and 47 tourists were enroute there this morning." See a complete report on the fire here.
  *   May 27, 1960, Fred Lappi has put in a modern trailer-type 32-seat lunch bar.
  *   May 27, 1960, the Malamute Saloon in Fairbanks "Is under the management of Bob and Helen Wade who formerly ran Scotty Creek Lodge."
  *   June 6, 1963, Les Reeves and his wife Burdette of Scotty Creek Lodge are among the lodge operators protesting plans to build a US Customs station at Tok. The want it located at the border, saying that living in "no man's land" makes getting deliveries difficult.
  *   August 28, 1966, 34-year-old Anna Maria Haisley of Takeetna was fatally injured in a car crash in front of the lodge. Her husband was turning left into the lodge when struck by a car trying to pass them.
  *   February 25, 1969, Mrs. Burdette Elaine Reeves died in hospital at Colorado Springs, CO. Following 4 surgeries in Anchorage the previous summer, she had been moved to Colorado 72 days prior to her death.
  *   In May 1971, the new owners are Glen and Ethel Stoneman.
  *   March 1973, for sale for $75,000.
  *   May 25, 1973, new owners are Roy and Shirley Beaver and family, from Palmer, Alaska.


Northway Junction - Historic Mile 1261, Modern Mile 1259


Seaton's Lodge; Seaton's Service Station and Store - Historic Mile 1235

  *   The Milepost, 1952: "Seaton's Service Station and Store, situated near a little lake where photographers will find good specimens of both the dam and lodge built by the Alaskan beavers. Seaton's is one of the first of the familiar 'service stations' to be established on the highway. In addition to gas and oil, tires and accessories, the store carries souvenirs, soft drinks and confectionery, package liquors and cold beer. Of interest to radio 'hams' is Bill Seaton's amateur radio station KL7AFR. Owned and operated by Mr. and Mrs. Bill Seaton."
  *   The Milepost, 1954: same text as 1952, but with the addition of "Other facilities may be added during 1954."
  *   September 1961, the lodge is operated by Mr. & Mrs. William Seaton.


1260 Inn - Historic Mile 1260

  *   March 18, 1988: "1260 Inn on the Alaska Highway 38 miles from US/Canada border near Northway, Alaska in Upper Tanana Valley, this lodge includes Chevron gas station, 24 hour wrecker service, propane service and carwash. U-haul inspection station, liquor store, saloon, cafe and rooms decorated with Alaskan artifacts and antiques. Price was $685,000. Now $475,000 for fast clean sale. Great hunting and fishing area. This operation has many extras. For more information call Norma at 668-3500 or 668-6018." (Whitehorse Star)


Northway Motel - Historic Mile 1264

  *   The Milepost, 1952: "Northway Motel, with individual new log cabins, home cooking, a store handling groceries and outdoor clothing, gas and oil service, and truckers dormitory. The owners and operators are Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Wilson."
  *   The Milepost, 1954: "Northway Motel, providing new individual log cabins furnished with innerspring equipped beds and oil heaters, a cafe and bar in connection, and selling Indian souvenirs, candies and soft drinks. Gas and oil service is available from 7 a.m. to midnight, with all Standard Oil credit cards accepted. Pike fishing is found in nearby Yarger Lake. Operated by Jack Young."


Northway Airport Lodge - Historic Mile 1265

  *   The Milepost, 1954: "Northway Airport Lodge & Grocery (AHA), on excellent 6½-mile side road, near the modern Northway airport. Only 15 minutes from the Alaska Highway, south across the Chisana River bridge, the lodge offers motel-apartments in converted government buildings, (rough exteriors, but nice inside) with private baths and innerspring equipped beds, electric ranges and refrigerators, and can accommodate parties of from 2 to 6 persons per apartment. Meals are served, and a generous stock of groceries, magazines, tires, and confectionery is carried. Gas and oil, including aviation type is sold. This is a short but interesting side trip off the highway, for a good rest, bath and good food. 24 hour service during summer season, and reservations or information may be had by phoning from the station at milepost 1265, Northway Junction. Owned and operated by Emil and Lois Hudec."


Nell Kelly's Roadhouse, Cafe and Cabins - Historic Mile 1270

  *   The Milepost, 1952: "Nell Kelly's Roadhouse, Cafe and Cabins. Beaver Creek. New management in 1952 may have added services."


Riverview Lodge, Alaska Highway

Riverside Lodge, Alaska Highway

Riverview Lodge; Riverside Lodge - Historic Mile 1281

  *   Upper ad: Fairbanks News-Miner Progress Edition, November 20, 1957.
  *   Lower ad: Fairbanks News-Miner, June 10, 1966

  *   The Milepost, 1952: "Riverside Lodge, with both family and double cabins, cafe and store handling groceries, soft drinks and Indian-made souvenirs. There is also gas and oil, tires and tire repairs, and long distance telephone. On the high banks of the Tanana River beside the lodge is a fossil bed where remains of giant bison and mastodon have been found. Here too is a good view of the river and mountains for camera fans. The owners are Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Sager and son."
  *   The Milepost, 1954: "Riverside Lodge, a 2-story building with rooms, modern plumbing, hot water heat, showers, a cafe, and a store handling groceries, souvenirs, and raw or finished furs. 5 separate cabins are also available, with family accommodations. Garage in ccnnection, with gas, oil and tires, and tire repairs, general repairs, towing, welding, and warm storage for 6 cars. Long distance telephone. Located on the high banks of the Tanana River, where fossil remains of bison and mastodon have been found, this is an interesting stop for sightseers. Owned and operated by Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Sager."
  *   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.
  *   June 1966, operated by Al and Jean Druckemiller.


Forty-Mile Roadhouse, Alaska Highway, 1957

Forty-Mile Roadhouse, Alaska Highway, 1963

Tetlin Junction Lodge, Alaska Highway

Tetlin Junction Lodge, Alaska Highway

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

  *   Ad to the left from the Fairbanks News-Miner Progress Edition, November 20, 1957.
  *   Newspaper photo: June 6, 1963
  *   Both lower photos: June 2, 2011

  *   built in 1948 by Ray and Mabel Scoby.
  *   The Milepost, 1952: "The Forty-mile Roadhouse, Tetlin Junction, is conveniently located for the side trip over the new Taylor Highway. This 'roadhouse' (old Alaskan term meaning lodge) offers 9 new oil-heated cabins, good meals, groceries, and complete garage service which includes repairs, greasing and lubrication, accessories, tires and tire repairs, 24-hour wrecker service, and warm storage for 25 cars. There is a long distance telephone, and information is supplied on the Taylor Highway. Trailerites are welcome to park here, and all visitors are invited to inspect the collection of Indian handicrafts from the adjoining Tetlin reserve. The owners and operators are Mr. and Mrs. Ray Scoby, and Mr. and Mrs. C. Post."
  *   The Milepost, 1954: "The Forty-Mile Roadhouse* (AHA) - located right at the junction of the Taylor Highway, and open 24 hours. This is a convenient stop for those planning a trip to either Dawson or Eagle. Facilities include ten attractive new log cabins, equipped with oil heaters, a cafe serving short orders and full meals, and selling souvenirs, post cards and Indian handicrafts from the nearby Tetlin Reserve, groceries for campers and trailerites, and a comfortable lounge in the main building, complete with a cheery fireplace. Modern plumbing and shower baths for both ladies and gentlemen are convenient to the cabins. There is also a 25-car warm storage garage, with gas and oil service (Standard and affiliated credit cards accepted) general car and tire repairs, tires, accessories and lubrication service. A wrecker is on call 24 hours, and long distance phone is available. Trailerites are welcome for overnight parking, and all visitors are welcome to come in and look around. The owners and operators are Ray and Mabel Scoby."
  *   in 1956 Forty-Mile was one of the rare lodges that did not serve liquor.
  *   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.
  *   June 6, 1963, Ray and Mabel Scoby are among the lodge operators protesting plans to build a US Customs station at Tok. The want it located at the border, saying that living in "no man's land" makes getting deliveries difficult.
  *   July 21, 1976, the lodge was bought by the Tetlin IRA (Indian Reorganization Act) Council, with manager Larry Brigner.
  *   Opened for 2-3 years for the Alaska Highway 1992 anniversary, then closed again. "At Tetlin Junction, they're trying to revive the Forty Mile Roadhouse, a complex which has been closed for four years. Perhaps now that road signs from both directions clearly identify this as the road to Dawson City, people will be more interested in stopping to tank up and stretch their legs before they tackle the 270-kilometre drive to the Klondike." (Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, August 21, 1992)


Tok - Historic Mile 1318


Post's Service, Alaska Highway, 1954

Post's Service, Alaska Highway, 1957

Post's Service: Historic Mile 1318

  *   Upper ad: June 1, 1954, Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
  *   Lower ad: November 20, 1957, Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

  *   The Milepost, 1954: "Post's Service (AHA) - directly across the Alaska Highway from the U.S. Customs Offices, and at the junction of the Glenn Highway to Anchorage. Facilities include a modern gas station, a cafe, tires, and tire repairs, auto accessories, minor auto repairs, lubrication with an up-to-date hoisting rack, and clean public rest rooms. Soft drinks, candy bars, and cigarettes are sold. The owners and operators are Mr. and Mrs. C. Post."


Tok Lodge, Alaska Highway, 1948

Tok Lodge, Alaska Highway, 1948

Tok Lodge, Alaska Highway, 1954

Tok Lodge, Alaska Highway, 1957

Tok Lodge, Alaska Highway, 1968

Tok Lodge, Alaska Highway, 1968

Tok Junction Lodge; Tok Lodge: Historic Mile 1318

  *   Upper photo: by "Sarge" and Lorrie, September 14, 1948.
  *   Lower photo: from Lou Jacobin's 1958 "Guide to Alaska and the Yukon"
  *   Upper ad: June 1, 1954, Fairbanks News-Miner
  *   Next ad: November 20, 1957, Fairbanks News-Miner
  *   Next ad: May 28, 1968, Fairbanks News-Miner
  *   Lower ad: May 27, 1972, Fairbanks News-Miner

  *   The Milepost, 1952: "Tok Lodge, located 200 yards left (south) from the U. S. Customs and Immigration offices at Tok Junction, and equally convenient for travelers to either Anchorage or Fairbanks. This newly-constructed lodge is a handsome two-story modern log structure, affording excellent hotel accommodations, up-to-date bathrooms, dining room, lounge room with fireplace, cocktail bar, and ample parking space for both cars and trailers. There is an interesting curio and souvenir shop off the lobby and a grocery store. Owned and operated by Mr. and Mrs. Lee Evans."
  *   The Milepost, 1954: "Tok (pronounced 'TOKE') Lodge, (AHA) - located about 200 yds. from the junction on the Glenn Highway, (south, or to your left, northbound) - and equally convenient for traffic to Fairbanks or Anchorage. This lodge is an excellent example of modern log construction, being of two stories, on a full concrete basement foundation, with its own deep well, water system and modern heating plant. 16 hotel rooms with deep innerspring beds, hot and cold water, and convenient baths, (4 with private baths) a cafe with table and counter service, where if you wish cocktails, beer or wine are also served, a store selling souvenirs, magazines, drug sundries and clothing, and a comfortable lobby with an inviting fireplace. Car service includes gas and oil with credit cards accepted, general repairs, welding and tires. There is parking space for trailers if desired, but no facilities. Business hours of the lodge are from 6:30 a.m. to midnight. The owners and operators are Lee and Erma Evans."
  *   November 20, 1957: "Tok Junction Lodge is an imposing two story log structure with 16 comfortable rooms and space for as many as 60 persons. Some have private baths, some do not. Mr. and Mrs. Jack Marler operate the lodge, which is owned by Mrs. Emma Hart. A modern dining room offers fine meals. There is a bar and cocktail lounge and a liquor store. Another feature of the Tok lodge is its extensive general store, with a great variety of goods ranging from groceries to hunting caps. Car service includes gas and oil and warm service. Trailer service without connection facilities is available. Hours are from 6:30 a.m. to midnight." (Fairbanks News-Miner Progress Edition)
  *   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.
  *   May 1968, operated by Phil and Alberta Clark.
  *   May 1972, "just remodeled, completely modern."


Parker House, Alaska Highway, 1957

Parker House, Alaska Highway

Parker House, Alaska Highway, 1968

Parker House, Alaska Highway, 1968

Parker House; Alaskan Parker House: Historic Mile 1318

  *   Upper photo: Fairbanks News-Miner Progress Edition, November 20, 1957.
  *   Lower photo: from Lou Jacobin's 1958 "Guide to Alaska and the Yukon"
  *   Upper ad: May 28, 1968
  *   Upper ad: May 25, 1973

  *   November 20, 1957: "For a fine family type lodge there is the new Parker House, opened in June, 1956 by Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Parker, formerly of Fairbanks. Parker did most of the construction on the two-story, red-colored structure. There is a large, modern lounge, with restful plants to add to the decor. Delicious food is served in the dining room. There are 10 rooms, all double rooms, with all the newest in beds and furniture. Prices range from $3 to $12 a night and there are facilities for 35 persons. Adorning the main lounge is an oil painting by Sherman Noyes, 'Big Delta Sentinels.'" (Fairbanks News-Miner Progress Edition)
  *   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.
  *   May 27, 1960, a Union Oil station and garage is being built.
  *   May 25, 1973, "Frank and Marion Anthony at the Alaskan Parker House came to Tok several years ago after having enjoyed a large measure of success in Fairbanks in the restaurant and night club business. Frank is a very talented musician and entertainer. Many of his and Marion's friends from Fairbanks travel to Tok on weekends just to enjoy the good food and entertainment."
  *   the lodge's final ad was on May 24, 1974.


Rita's Trails Inn, Alaska Highway
Rita's Trails Inn:

  *   Ad: May 27, 1969, Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

  *   May 27, 1960, new motel with 12 units and 12 baths; cocktail lounge; dining room; campground with how showers and laundromat; scenic trailer court.
  *   May 1973, still owned by Doug and Rota Euer. Doug is president of the Tok Chamber of Commerce.


Dot Lake Lodge, Alaska Highway, 1957
Dot Lake Lodge - Historic Mile 1367.5

Ad to the left from the Fairbanks News-Miner Progress Edition, November 20, 1957.

  *   The Milepost, 1952: "Dot Lake Lodge, the '4-'N-1 stop - Cafe, Cabins, Gas, and Groceries. This lodge is situated close to little Dot Lake, 160 miles from Fairbanks. In addition to gas and oil, tires and accessories are carried, and hunting and fishing information is available. Inside plumbing and showers are being installed for the 1952 season. The operators and owners are Mr. and Mrs. Fred Vogel."
  *   The Milepost, 1954: "Dot Lake Lodge - (P.O.) - with 6 temporary overnight cabins, and additional units planned for construction during 1954. There is a cafe in the main building, 2 showers, and rest rooms, staple groceries are sold, and car service includes gas and oil, tires and minor repairs. Trailer space is available with water privileges at the lodge. The owners wish to be quoted that they endeavor to make up for the lack of facilities 'with a friendly welcome and a thank you.' Owned and operated by Bill and Hazel Joines."
  *   November 20, 1957: "Dot Lake Lodge, on beautiful Dot Lake 159 miles from Fairbanks, has rooms, a store and a cafe. There are four rooms in the lodge and six cabins plus three trailers for housekeeping. Mr. & Mrs. Fred Vogel, who are from California, own the lodge. The operators are Don and Adeline Felt and Mr. & Mrs. Ralph Haselip." (Fairbanks News-Miner Progress Edition)
  *   November 20, 1957 ad: "Dot Lake Lodge - Mile 1361.5. On the Shore of Dot Lake. Rooms. Cabins. Standard Gas & Oil. Cafe. Groceries. Credit Cards Honored. General Store. Native Made Gifts. Trailer Parking Space." (Fairbanks News-Miner Progress Edition)


Halfway Inn, Alaska Highway, 1954

Halfway Inn, Alaska Highway, 1957

Halfway Inn; George Lake Lodge - Historic Mile 1391.5

  *   Upper ad: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, June 1, 1954.
  *   Lower ad: Fairbanks News-Miner Progress Edition, November 20, 1957.

  *   The Milepost, 1952: "The Halfway Inn, located near to the mid-point between the Alaska-Yukon border and Fairbanks, offering complete facilities for travelers. This new lodge is a two-story structure situated on a rise facing the Alaska Range. Services include home-cooked meals, rooms, modern bath, dining room and separate log cabins, beer and wine, gas and oil. It is the gateway for beautiful George Lake with fishing and boating trips. Mr. and Mrs. G. B. Martin, operators, supply information to hunting and fishing parties."
  *   The Milepost, 1954: "The Halfway Inn - so called because it is about halfway between Tok and Fairbanks, is a 2-story bulding, with sleeping rooms, separate baths and shower for ladies and gentlemen, a dining room, lounge room, and 4 separate house-keeping cabins. A cocktail bar is operated in connection. Gas and oil service is available round the clock, with Standard Oil credit cards accepted. The owner, in business in Alaska for 30 years, gladly furnishes information to visitors, sportsmen and those seeking employment. Owned and operated by Stanley and Myrtle Young."
  *   June 1954, operated by Myrtle and Stanley Young.
  *   November 20, 1957: "At Mile 1385 is the picturesque Half Way Inn. Owned by Mr. & Mrs. Don Wright, formerly of Fairbanks, the inn has two stories and has rooms for 12 persons. Costs are $5 for single ad $10 for a double room. Gas and oil are sold. The Wrights have four young children. Facilities are available for carrying parties by boat onn the Tanana River to Lake George, where grayling, whitefish and pike are found. Plans are in the offing for Don Wright to fly hunters to good spots in the nearby mountains." (Fairbanks News-Miner Progress Edition)
  *   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


Triangle Lodge - Historic Mile 1428.9

  *   The Milepost, 1952: "Triangle Lodge is located right at the junction point of the Alaska and Richardson Highways. In addition to providing gas and oil service, Triangle operates a cafe, and a large and locally popular cocktail lounge and bar. Open for business from 7:30 a.m. to midnight, with emergency gas service at any hour. The owners are George Gilbertson and Art Anderson, of Fairbanks, and Al Martin is the resident manager."


Buffalo Lodge - Historic Mile 1429

  *   The Milepost, 1952: "Buffalo Lodge, Big Delta Junction, a new and completely modern lodge at the junction of the Richardson and Alaska Highways. Services include hotel rooms, showers and modern plumbing, meals from 6 a.m. to 1 a.m., and gas and oil. Tires, tubes and batteries are sold. 7.3 miles from here is the trail leading to some of Alaska's finest grayling fishing on the famous Clearwater. Camera fans will find opportunities to secure pictures of the wild buffalo here, in the center of their grazing grounds. Owned and operated by a well-known Alaskan, George Norton."
  *   The Milepost, 1954: "No 1954 information."
  *   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 Hotel, Delta Junction, Alaska, 1957
Bay Hotel - Historic Mile 1428

Ad to the left from the Fairbanks News-Miner Progress Edition, November 20, 1957.

  *   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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