Delta Junction | Interior Alaska

Delta Junction marks the true end of the Alaska Highway and has a population of approximately 850. From here, going north or south, you will be traveling on the Richardson Highway, which starts in Valdez and ends in Fairbanks. There is a large commemorative milepost at the visitor center to mark Mile 1422 of the Alaska Highway.

In 1903, during the Fairbanks Gold Rush, what was to become the Richardson Highway, was built from Valdez to Fairbanks via Delta Junction. This trail used a portion of the Valdez Eagle trail made famous by the Klondike Gold Rush. A road house was built at the junction of the Delta and the Tanana Rivers to supply the gold seekers and a telegraph station was built in 1904 to aid increased communication needs.

The Chisana Gold Rush of 1913 and Delta’s selection in 1920 as the home of the government’s buffalo importation program helped establish the town as a permanent settlement. The Bison were moved from Montana to a 90,000-acre tract of land, which now contains a free-roaming herd of more than 500 Bison. This lead the area to become known as Buffalo Center. In 1960 Delta Junction was incorporated as a city.

This area was a traditional hunting territory of the Athabaskan Indians and features spectacular views of the Alaska Range and the Delta River. In 1903, what was to become the Richardson Highway was built from Valdez to Fairbanks because of the Fairbanks Goldrush. This trail used a portion of the Valdez Eagle trail made famous by the Klondike Gold Rush.

Pogo Mine is an underground gold mine 40 air miles from Delta Junction. The mine began production in April 2007 and employs over 300 people. It was scheduled to operate for 10 years, however production is now expected to continue past 2020. More than 3.8 million ounces have been mined since opening, making it the eighth largest gold mine in the U.S.

 

How far is Delta Junction from Fairbanks?

Fairbanks is 98 miles from Delta Junction via the Richardson Highway.

How far is Delta Junction from Anchorage?

Anchorage is 338 miles from Delta Junction. From Delta Junction, take the Richardson Highway 151 miles south to Glennallen and the Glenn Highway 187 miles to Anchorage.

What is Delta Junction famous for?

Delta Junction is famous for being the end of the Alaska Highway. there is a commemorative Milepost at the Visitor Center to mark the end of the Alaska Highway.