Life at the Talkeetna Roadhouse: A Look at Life and Humor at an Alaskan Roadhouse, by Ronald C. Garrett
66 page paperback published by Alien Publishing, 1st edition 1998
A great book sharing many humorous stories of people and events in Talkeetna in the 1970’s. Wry anecdotes about the Talkeetna Roadhouse and its idiosyncratic but beloved owners, Carroll and Verna Close. Also includes others– like climber Ray Genet. –Bearfoot Alaska Travel Guides
Alaska Roadhouse Recipes: Memorable Recipes from Roadhouses, Lodges, Bed and Breakfasts, Cafes, Restaurants and Campgrounds Along the Highways and Byways of Alaska and Canada, by Kris Graef (Editor)
228 page paperback published by Morris Communications Corp. January 1999
From the editors of The Milepost, Alaska Roadhouse Recipes features recipes from roadhouses, lodges, bed and breakfasts, cafes, restaurants and campgrounds along the! highway and byways of Alaska and Canada. The almost 200 recipes include breakfasts, appetizers, breads, main dishes, desserts, soups, salads, side dishes, sauces, syrups, preserves and beverages. Several tried and true sourdough starter recipes are included, along with recipes for sourdough pancakes, muffins and cakes. From Deep-Fried Fiddleheads in Beer Batter as an appetizer, to Copper River King Salmon Chili as a main course, and Alaska Rhubarb Pie for dessert, cooks will relish these special recipes from the North. Photos and captions profile the personalities and places that contributed to Alaska Roadhouse Recipes.
New Roadhouse Recipes
224 pages, published by by Morris Communication Corp. 2004
The Trail: The Story of the Historic Valdez-Fairbanks Trail that Opened Alaska’s Vast Interior by Kenneth L. Marsh
406 page 8″x10″ paperback, published by the Trapper Creek Museum, 2008
From the back cover: The discovery of gold spawned the need for a primitive trail, some 360 miles long, through a completely northern wilderness. This great trail would lead into the very heart of Alaska. It would be built under extreme conditions and would be traveled under these same conditions by tough, hardy people. As “The Trail” continued to be improved, it became the catalyst for helping to develop the great Interior of Alaska, by connecting Valdez on the coast to Fairbanks in the Tanana Valley. The story of “The Trail” is much more than one of just the historical opening of a new territory and the economic development of a region by a trail. It is really an adventure story of a time and way of life that will never be seen again; a time when Alaska was untamed, and people with a goal or a dream came from a warmer, gentler latitude to traverse its wild, harsh expanse, and survive while doing so. Furthermore, it is a story of the roadhouses, telegraph lines, and the people who built and ran them along “The Trail”. It was these folks who made it possible for the overwhelmed travelers, who ventured either on foot or in open horse-drawn sleds, at 50 degrees below zero, not only to survive, but also to find a little comfort while doing so. “The Trail” would eventually become the Richardson Highway of today. There will never be a time filled with more adventures and stories than those found along “The Trail”. A few of these adventures, and the historical facts surrounding them, are chronicled in this book. Hundreds of historical photographs, and maps and tables.