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The Richardson Highway (Formerly the Valdez-Fairbanks Trail)  -  Related Materials
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Visit the Library for More Information:

Alaska's libraries include plenty of audio, visual, and written material about Alaska's early roads. Visit your local library or go online to see what's available in holdings all over the state. Take these simple steps:

  1. Access SLED (State Library Electronic Doorway) at
  2. Click on the listing for ALNCat (the Alaska Library Network Catalog) to view the Basic Search window.
  3. Go to the Keyword field, and type in RICHARDSON HIGHWAY.

More Reading:

Alaska, the Richardson Road: Valdez to Fairbanks. 1922. "An illustrated booklet descriptive of the road, the towns at either end and the surrounding country with beauties and possibilities of Alaska."

Antonson, Joan M. and William S. Hanable. Alaska's Heritage: Unit 4 - Human History: 1867 to Present. Anchorage: Alaska Historical Commission, 1985.

Bundy, Hallock C. The Valdez-Fairbanks Trail: The Story of a Great Highway. (1st Annual). Seattle: Alaska Publishing Co., 1910.

Mitchell, Brigadier General William L. The Opening of Alaska, 1901-1903. Missoula, MT: Pictorial Histories, 1982.

Phillips, Walter T. Roadhouses of the Richardson Highway: The First Quarter Century, 1898 to 1923. Anchorage, AK: Alaska Historical Commission, 1984.

Phillips, Walter T. Roadhouses of the Richardson Highway II. Anchorage, AK: Alaska Historical Commission, 1985.

Reader's Digest Association. The Most Scenic Drives in America: 120 Spectacular Road Trips. Pleasantville, N.Y.: Reader's Digest, 2005.

Valdez Transportation Company. Alaska, a Travelogue of the Richardson Highway 1928: Constructed and Maintained by the Alaska Road Commission. Valdez, Alaska: Valdez Transportation Co., 1928.


Beck, Larry and Tom Hughes. The Valdez to Fairbanks Trail. VHS. Anchorage, Alaska: Alaska Heritage Review, 1985.

Photograph Collections:

Alaska Road Commission photograph collection, 1909-1959. Lomen Brothers. 100 glass lantern slides; 16,759 photographs.

Walter T. Phillips photograph collection, Fairbanks and environs, 1911-1918. About the photographer: Walter Phillips grew up in Valdez, his parents arriving there in 1908. In 1915 they moved to Old Iliamna and returned to Valdez in 1923. He worked for the Signal Corps, the Alaska Road Commission, and later as a telephone lineman on the Valdez Trail (now part of the Richardson Highway). In June of 1984, Walter Phillips completed The Roadhouses of the Richardson Highway, the First Quarter Century, 1898 to 1923, which he researched under an Alaska Historical Commission grant (Historical Collections, TX909.P53). Mr. Phillips retired to Palmer, Alaska.

Atlantic Richfield Co. photograph collection, 1904-1910. Includes 49 views selected and copied from two albums owned by the Atlantic Richfield Co. Photographers include Albert J. Johnson, George G. Cantwell, P. S. Hunt, and Clarence Leroy Andrews.

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