Delta Junction

Population: 984
Delta Junction is located at Historical Mile 1422 of the Alaska Highway, at the junction of the Alaska and Richardson highways.
Visitor Information: Delta Junction Visitor Center is located at the junction of the Alaska and Richardson highways.

Delta Junction is the official end of the Alaska Highway. From here, the Richardson Highway leads to Fairbanks. The Richardson Highway, connecting Valdez at tidewater with Fairbanks in the Interior, predates the Alaska Highway by 20 years.

Delta Junction began as a construction camp on the Richardson Highway in 1919. (It was first known as Buffalo Center because of the American bison that were transplanted here in the 1920s.) In the late 1970s, the state encouraged development of the agricultural industry in the Delta area by disposing of local land for farming purposes. Barley is the major feed grain grown in Delta.

Visitor facilities include accommodations at Kelly’s Alaska Country InnAlaska 7 Motel, Alaskan Steakhouse and Motel,  and Silver Fox Roadhouse, gas stations like Delta Petro-Wash and Buffalo Center Service phone 907-895-4067, restaurants like the Buffalo Center Drive-In 907-895-4055, Alaskan Steakhouse, Alaska House Restaurant, phone 907-895-9880; a car wash; car parts at Alcan Auto & Truck Inc., (a Napa parts dealer) phone 907-895-6272; a shopping center, Delta Meat and Sausage Co., Calico Cow Quilt Shop, camping at Snowed Inn RV Park phone 907-895-4270 and nearby public campgrounds such as the Delta State Recreation Site, Quartz Lake Recreation Area and Clearwater State Recreation Site. Delta Junction has 2 banks with ATM, a grocery, library, post office, Debbie Joslin Realty and other businesses.

Attractions:

  • Have your picture taken with the monument in front of the visitor center that marks the highway’s end
  • Rika’s Roadhouse Cafe and Gifts, phone 907-895-4201 or email (open seasonally) north of town, was built in 1910 and is part of Big Delta State Historical Park.
  • Look for American bison, which were transplanted into the Delta Junction area in the 1920s.
  • See the trans-Alaska pipeline crossing the Tanana River.
  • Visit Sullivan Roadhouse, built in 1906, one of the last remaining roadhouses from the Valdez to Fairbanks Trail.
  • Fish the Delta–Clearwater River and local lakes.