Explore various points of interest in McGrath and learn historical facts about the Iditarod Trail. Take half-a-day to visit McGrath!
Built in 1953, the building served many purposes over time: air terminal, gas station, general store and US Post Office. The Roadhouse has been the community restaurant since 1981. Nowadays the roadhouse accommodates residents and visitors who want to explore the Interior of Alaska.
We will stay on the roadhouse property and time travel to the adjacent building. The old airport control tower will bring us back in the 1970s. It offers a panoramic view of the surroundings: KSKO radio building, Tatalina radar station, Kuskokwim river, old town and far mountains.
Walk across the city and head to the McGrath museum. The museum is open Wednesdays and Fridays 12pm – 3pm. In the early 1900’s McGrath was a supply center and a trading post during the Gold Rush. McGrath was also a refueling stop for World War II planes bringing supplies to the eastern front. During our visit of the McGrath museum we will learn in more detail what essential roles the city played over time.
If the conditions permit, we will cross the river to the ruins of the old town of McGrath. Back in the 1930s the residents progressively moved from one side of the river to another due to flooding. This is an example of the strong Alaskan resilience!
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