Visitor Guide : Museums

Rika's Roadhouse

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Rika's Roadhouse is the centerpiece of Big Delta State Historical Park. The house served travelers on the historic Valdez-to-Fairbanks Trail from 1909 to 1947. The north-south section of this log structure was built by John Hajdukovich in 1909. The Vadez-to-Fairbanks Trail was being improved at this time and by 1913 the roadhouse was a center of activity for gold stampeders, local hunters, traders, and freighters.

In 1917 Hajdukovich hired a Swedish immigrant named Rika Wallen to operate the roadhouse which prospered under her management. In 1923 she bought it from Hajdukovich for "$10.00 and other considerations," presumably in lieu of wages. The roadhouse was named "Rika's" following local custom. Rika operated the roadhouse through the 1940's, although in later years guests were by invitation only.

As you walk into present-day Rika's Roadhouse you will see that part of the original kerosene crate floor has been restored. The bedroom and kitchen are furnished in the style of the 1920's and 1930's. Furnishings were donated by local residents under the auspices of the Delta Historical Society.

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Sullivan Roadhouse

The Sullivan Roadhouse Historical Museum is housed in the oldest roadhouse in the interior of Alaska and is located in the heart of Delta Junction at the End of the Alaska Highway.

Built in 1905, by John and Florence Sullivan, the log lodge now houses a museum that focuses on the Valdez-Fairbanks Trail and the roadhouses that operated along its route. Beautifully recreated rooms, as well as interpretive exhibits give our visitors a real feel for life in turn of the century Alaska.

Outside, one can enjoy a garden exploding with colorful wildflowers, a traditional vegetable garden/potato patch and interpretive pathways. Located across from the Delta Visitor Center, the Sullivan is a great stop along the trail of Alaska's history.
   
Admission is free.
Open Memorial Day - Mid September.

Hours are 9am - 5:30pm, Monday - Saturday, closed Sundays.

     
City of Delta Junction
PO Box 229
Delta Junction, Alaska 99737-0229

Telephone: 907.895.4656
Fax: 907.895.4375
Email: city@ci.delta-junction.ak.us

Location: 2288 Deborah Street
Office hours:
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Monday-Friday


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