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Sullivan Roadhouse where travelers would stop for rest along the Richardson to...

Flowers in their garden boxes. Their gardens were well under way.

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Jonathan tries on a coat made of bear skin. "It felt kind...

A kitchen from that period. The Sullivan Road House was known for...

As we were walking to the parking lot, two Chinooks flew over...

We went back to Rika's Roadhouse after seeing Sullivan's Roadhouse and explored...

This is of view of Rika's Roadhouse from the backyard. They had...

We were walking around the grounds and at this time headed for...

A view of the pipeline from Rika's Roadhouse as it crosses the...

A front view of the Roadhouse.

Jonathan runs off some energy as he scoots past the animals. They...

The garden was beautiful. They had all kinds of vegetables and flowers...

A pair of Mukluks.

Jonathan standing in the door of the barn. Rika kept animals for...

Heading back to the RV. Jonathan found a rock to play on.

Heading down the road we pass by the pipeline as it crosses...

We arrive in North Pole Alaska!


Monday, June 15, 2009

Santaland RV Park, North Pole, Alaska

Sullivan House and Rika's Roadhouse

Jonathan and I both slept later than I thought we would this morning. I heard Tom turn the generator on but then fell back to sleep. We had breakfast then got going. Jonathan took his math test from last week then we headed out the door. We only had today to see the rest of the things we wanted to see in Delta Junction.

We drove back up the road near the Visitor Center to The Sullivan House. There was a woman inside who greeted us. I asked her if the Delta Junction area was the agricultural area of Alaska and she started telling us about when her and her husband came to Alaska. They came from Wisconsin in 1961 to homestead. Her husband got 164 acres to farm. She said when she came she wanted fresh eggs so they bought some chickens and I guess it just went on from there. The next thing they knew they had a thousand chickens and were selling fresh eggs all over Alaska but it wasn't enough so they built another building so they could have three thousand chickens. It was fun hearing her story firsthand.

Jonathan and I looked around the roadhouse at the furs, the furniture, the kitchen and bedroom arrangement. They had a piano the lady told Jonathan he could play so he gave that a run for it's money. The family that ran the road house decorated it very nicely so when people were traveling from Valdez up to Fairbanks they would often be sure to make this particular road house one of their stops. When we were finished looking around we headed back to the RV to meet up with Tom. The plan was to go to Rika's Roadhouse for lunch and then walk around those grounds together. We would hit the road after that for North Pole.

Rika's Roadhouse restaurant was very nice. The food was good and it was reasonable. They had a gift shop in the restaurant too. I found an Alaska jacket I liked on sale so that was a nice bit of luck. We walked around the grounds and looked at the out buildings. One had telegraph equipment in it. Another building was a home for the telegraph operator and his family most likely. There were two other out buildings that had display items in them. The roadhouse itself was set up as a gift shop in part of it then the entry room and upstairs had items on display from that time period. The pictures were great though. They really told the story. You could get a great view of the Alaskan Pipeline going over the Tanana River too from Rika's Roadhouse so that was neat as well.



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