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Delta Junction Elevation of Delta Junction- 1,180 feet
(the end of the Alaska Highway)
July 6, 2016

Delta Junction is known as the 'End of the Alaska Highway,' as the famous highway joins the existing Richardson Highway here to complete the route to Fairbanks. Named after the nearby Delta River, Delta Junction developed into an agricultural region as the result of state land disposal programs designed to encourage development. The area now is home to 37 large farms and more than 160 small farms. The area presents a picturesque rural setting complimented by spectacular views of the Alaska Range and the Delta River. Clear days allow stunning views of Mt. Hayes, Mt. Moffit and a number of other peaks. Accommodations: Three hotels/motels, fourteen bed and breakfast; ten restaurants.
sign Welcome to Delta Junction
sign Welcome to Delta Junction

The aboriginal inhabitants of the Delta area lived along the Tanana River, north of the present town. The community of Big Delta came into being just east of the junction of the Delta River and the Tanana River. A ferry there brought travelers across the Tanana. With the coming of the Alaska Highway during WWII, a community grew up at the junction of the Richardson Highway and the new Alaska or AlCan Highway. That community is now the City of Delta Junction. Today Delta Junction is a vibrant and friendly community with an economic center near the junction of the highways, but stretching far to the east and adjoining the US Army Fort Greely community to the south. It is also the official end of the Alaska Highway. From here, Richardson Highway leads to Fairbanks and connects Valdez at tidewater with Fairbanks in the interior. It predates the Alaska Highway by 20 years.

sign on the Delta Junction Visitor Center building
sign about Delta Junction Alaska
buffalo and tractor sign
flower at Delta Junction
flowers at Delta Junction
flower at Delta Junction

Lee got attacked by a giant mosquito in 2009, but stood his ground against 2 giant mosquitos in 2016

Lee gets attacked by a giant mosquito 2009
Lee fights off the giant mosquito in 2016

One mosquito tried to bite Karen's arm, but she ducked down and said, "Oh no you don't" and then she ran away. (2016)

a mosquito tried to bite Karen's arm
Karen Duquette gets away from two big mosquitos
below - The visitor center (2009)
Lee saw a log cabin behind the visitor center that he wanted to buy and move into. Karen said, "NO Way - case closed."
Delta Junction Visitor Center
Lee Duquette and his log cabin
The visitor center had historical and wildflower displays just outside the large white milepost for Mile 1422 of the Alaska Highway, which marks the end of the famous highway. The first two photos below are from 2016.
milepost marker 1422 in 2016
Karen Duquette at the milepost marker 1422 in 2016

Below: The Two RV Gypsies in 2009

Lee Duquette and the large white milepost for Mile 1422 of the Alaska Highway 2009
Karen Duquette and the large white milepost for Mile 1422 of the Alaska Highway 2009

When the two RV Gypsies arrived at Delta Junction in 2016, the Visitor Center was closed, so they did not get new certificates, but below are the certificates from 2009.

Karen Duquette's end of the Alaska Highway certificate
Lee Duquette's end of the Alaska Highway certificate
postcard - i survived the Alaska Highway
postcard - the Alaska Highway rods
Delta Junction deep freeze sign

left side of the Delta Deep Freeze thermometer dates
are as follows, from top to bottom:

June 25, 1983 +9 degrees

May 5, 1958 -10 degrees

March 22, 2008 -17 degrees

Feb. 21, 1988 -42 degrees

Dec. 9, 1966 - 59 degrees

Jan 30 1989 -66 degrees

right side of the Delta Deep Freeze thermometer dates are as follows, from top to bottom:

April 13, 2008 +2 degrees

April 5, 2002 -9 degrees

April 21, 1949 - 37 degrees

March 5, 1992 -48 degrees

Feb. 23, 1980 -60 degrees

Jan 6, 1975 - 72 degrees

sign - come again
sign

The two RV Gypsies stopped to eat at the Cave and enjoyed the food. Karen also enjoyed a nice specialty drink. Leaving the Cave, Karen took a quick picture of a rainbow.

the Cave Restaurant
rainbow
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