Archaeologist screening sediments at the Tuluaq Hill site in Noatak National Preserve. NPS photo.

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Kantishna Roadhouse listed in National Register

Date Posted: September 4, 2018       Categories: Uncategorized

The Keeper of the National Register of Historic Places added the Kantishna Roadhouse in Denali National Park & Preserve to the list on August 14, 2018.  The two-story log roadhouse, built in 1919 or 1920, is believed to be the oldest extant building from the Kantishna mining era as well as the oldest building standing in the park.  Its location around the confluence of Moose and Eureka creeks made the roadhouse the centerpiece of the small community when mining in the area revived after World War I.  The building started as a home for the Commissioner of the Mining District, but soon functioned as an unofficial government office, post office, and community meeting space.  The National Park Service acquired the building following passage of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act in 1980, and did stabilization work on it in 1989.