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Talkeetna Roadhouse History
he Roadhouse was built between 1914 and 1917 by teamster brothers Frank and Ed Lee. During the early part of the 1900's goods were brought up the Susitna River on flat bottom boats, offloaded in Talkeetna then hauled out by horse team to the miners and trappers in the Peters and Dutch Hills west of the Susitna River.

Talkeetna Roadhouse HistoryThe early 20's saw Talkeetna become the encampment of the Alaska Railroad while work was done to connect the line from Seward to Fairbanks. On June 15, 1923 President Harding stopped in Talkeetna on his way to Nenana to pound in the golden spike which completed the rail.
at the breakfast table in the Talkeetna Roadhouse

Once the railroad was complete and the miners became fewer in number, people began to visit Talkeetna not to seek their fortune in gold, but to climb mountains, fish, flightsee, mush dogs, ski and marvel at the beauty of the Alaska Range. Even though meals were reportedly served out of the Roadhouse as early as 1918 it wasn't until the cafe, rooms and plumbing were added in the 1940's that the "Roadhouse" designation became official.

Verna and Carroll CloseCarroll and Verna Close were perhaps the most famous Roadhouse proprietors, owning the business from 1951 until they retired in 1978. During their time here the Roadhouse Bakerybecame famous for heaping plates of no-nonsense, home cooked food. You could order your eggs "any way you want" but they'd come out scrambled every time! The cooking was done on a big wood cook stove and family-style supper was served promptly at 6pm. Carroll was known to put out 47 loaves of bread at a time and we use his old bread pans again today.

In 1996 the Talkeetna Roadhouse was purchased by Trisha Costello with the help of her father, Tim Costello. Over the past Trisha Costello and father Tim Costellodecade she has worked hard to maintain the Roadhouse asa home-away-from home for travelers as well as a gathering place for travelers and local folks alike. The breakfasts are still huge, eggs still only come scrambled and "homemade" is truly made from scratch.

The Roadhouse continues to be open year round, balancing the bustling summer tourist season with the slower and longer months of winter. In one guest's words, today's Talkeetna Roadhouse is "... part stepping back in time, part staying in someone's home, part staying in a remote Alaska lodge - whatever it is its just a lot of fun".

Trisha is very proud to play a role in keeping the tradition of frontier hospitality alive and well at the Talkeetna Roadhouse.

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