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Slaven's Roadhouse

Slaven's Roadhouse in fall colors
NPS Photo by Josh Spice


Frank Slaven came north with the Klondike Gold Rush and established himself in Dawson, staking claims in the surrounding gold fields and making acquaintances with many of the Dawson businessmen and community leaders.

Eventually his travels took him to into Alaska, and he finally settled on Coal Creek, the site of his namesake roadhouse which continues to serve as a popular stopping point and landmark along the Yukon River.

Learn more about Frank Slaven and the roadhouse continues today to bear his name here.

Flowers on the wall; painted artwork on the interior of Slaven's Roadhouse

Pat Sanders/NPS

Frank Slaven and the Roadhouses of the Yukon River

While many historic roadhouses have burned or have rotted away, Slaven’s Roadhouse has been restored and now serves as a public use cabin and landmark along the river between Eagle and Circle.

From 1990 through 1996, the National Park Service restored Slaven's Roadhouse to its original 1938-42 condition.

Slaven's Roadhouse continues to serve the public as a landmark along the Yukon River. It is open to public access and frequently has people spending the night while traveling up and down the river.

Each February, it serves as a dog drop point during the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race. At times, the roadhouse also serves as quarters for volunteers working for the National Park Service.
Warmth inside & aurora outside as a musher tends her dogs at Slaven's Roadhouse
A Yukon Quest musher tends to her dogs as the aurora dances above Slaven's Roadhouse and a warm welcome awaits inside.
NPS Photo by Josh Spice

Did You Know?

Steam Tractor

The Washington Creek steam tractor was used in an effort to transport coal before it was determined that the coal in Yukon-Charley was too soft to be burned by sternwheelers.