Thursday, March 31, 2016

Marge Gull painting of Overland Roadhouse, 53 miles from Fairbanks near Harding Lake

This is a painting by Marge of Overland Roadhouse. It was  located four to five miles south of Harding Lake and was established in about 1909.

By the 1920s the proprietor was also operating a fox farm, leading to the renaming of the roadhouse to Fox Farm Roadhouse. It was later called the Silver Fox Roadhouse. The roadhouse burned down in 1945.

Genevieve Marguerite (Marge) Gull (who died in 2013) came to Alaska with her husband in 1938, living first in Fairbanks and then Anchorage. She was an amateur painter and painted 49 of the roadhouses along the Valdez-Fairbanks Trail.

I assume that at least some of the paintings were done from photographs since many of the roadhouses disappeared long before Marge came to Alaska. This painting is in the collection of the Valdez Museum.

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