This is the former town of Richardson, on the old Richardson Highway out of Fairbanks. Parts of this highway have been abandoned and bypassed by the new Richardson Hichway, leaving stretches of asphalt and old bridges to decay in the forest. Ghost towns like Richardson can sometimes be found in areas where the new highway bypassed the old, or where a roadhouse once existed (roadhouses were combination hotel/resturaunt/stable/stores from the days of wagon travel and early automobile travel on the highway). In this particular spot there are the remains of several transportation systems which followed the same general route. The old Richardson Highway, the original Richardson wagon trail, several dogsled and horse trails, an abandoned oil pipeline and its tractor road, as well as the new Richardson highway (and farther away, the new Alyeska Pipeline). The town of Richardson is mostly gone, although parts of the roadhouse and a few cabins still exist. Some of the buildings are being used by miners trying to redevelop the small abandoned mines in the area.
The roadhouse, one of the original log cabins was converted to a garage in the 1950s, the gas station and store shut down sometime in the early 1980s when the new road essentially bypassed this community.
Inside the roadhouse we find a bulletin board with business cards and a dead bird, some mining supplies, and other leftovers.
The old Richardson Highway, and an old bridge next to a new highway bridge. The permafrost and dirt is already reclaiming the asphalt.
These telegraph poles and their glass "Whitall Tatum #1" insulators can be found all over interior Alaska, following the Alaska Railroad and most hihghways. The insulators are so common that they're almost worthless, although they keep showing up in pawnshops and antique stores.
The original Richardson wagon road, in most areas the new highway was built on the old highway which was built on the wagon road which was built on horse trails, but in some areas they are all seperate. A recent plan calls for moving parts of the highway yet again to avoid flooding.
Another dirt road to an abandoned mine, and one of those telegraph poles.
Some semi-abandoned cabins nearby.
This collapsed tunnel was either a mine or a root cellar, in a small hill behind the roadhouse.
The remains of a truck at a former state road maintenance camp on the old highway. The truck and a few foundations and old bottles are all that's left.