Sullivan Roadhouse Historical Museum, Delta Junction

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The Sullivan Roadhouse is a restored historic traveler's accommodation, operated as a museum in Delta Junction, Alaska. The roadhouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.
The roadhouse was originally built in 1907-1908 by John Sullivan and his wife along the banks of Delta Creek, on the path of a winter cutoff of the main trail between Valdez and Fairbanks. Used by the Valdez-Fairbanks Winter Stage Line, frozen stream crossings in the winter months allowed a savings of 35 miles from the main trail, which was used by prospectors and others traveling north to the gold fields. The roadhouse was originally located along Delta Creek near a gravel aistrip. It was operated by the Sullivans until about 1922, when the Alaska Railway became the dominant means of transport in the region and the Alaska Road Commission (ARC) stopped maintaining the cut-off. The Sullivans died four months apart in 1924, the ARC officially abandoned the cut-off in 1925.
The site and the unused buildings were annexed by Fort Greely during World War II, on what became the northwest boundary of the Oklahoma Bombing Range. The roadhouse was at one time a complex of five buildings, including an outhouse, smithy, and barn, but only the main portion of the principal structure survived into the 1990s. All of the buildings were of log construction, but only the main house was roofed with corrugated metal. The others had sod roofs, which gave way over time.
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  • Can't beat the history of this little cabin that has seen so much and been moved several times since it was built in 1905. Gives one a great appreciation for the modern conviences in our lives today.....  more »
  • It is free to visit and is full of artifacts and history of the area. The building itself has been moved two times but still reflects the character of the original roadhouses.  more »
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  • A really cool museum showing what a roadhouse was like back in the day! Fun place to go for history lovers.
  • Loved our visit. So friendly and informative. Would recommend you stopping.

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