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Chicken Historic District

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  • Day11

    Chicken, AK

    August 23, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 10 °C

    Our morning tea stop is in Chicken - a mining camp on Chicken Creek on the Top of the World Highway. The town has a population of under 20 year round but expands to 30-50 in summer. The Town Centre is one building which houses the cafe, the mercantile, the liquor store and the saloon. Otherwise there are a couple of miner's huts.

    Legend says that early settlers wanted to call it Ptarmigan. There are several other small settlements in the area named after birds also e.g. Eagle, AK. The people who went to register the name couldn't agree on how to spell it, so after a few attempts, they gave up and agreed that Ptarmigan tasted just like chicken, so they called it Chicken, AK.
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  • Day10

    Chicken, AK!

    July 31, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    On our way out of Anchorage we headed north east to Dawson City, Canada.

    On the way to Dawson we stopped in a tiny village (or gathering) called Chicken. Chicken is the smallest village in Alaska with only a handful of residents and about half that come winter.

    Really Chicken is just a small stop on the highway, but a worthy stop.

    Chicken really wasn't much more than a gold miners dredge, bar and a few restaurants- oh, and a few live chickens too!

    We set up tent along the small river and headed to downtown Chicken. A 1 minute drive from uptown. A 1 minute drive and 3 buildings total.

    We started drinking with the locals around 4, and were told that we chose the best night to be in Chicken. Chicken's summer bash 2.0 was happening and we were in luck. Live music, free food and cheap beer. Turns out we also stayed until dark, so it had to have been late, considering how north we were.

    We met some amazing folks from all of the US who sat outside to enjoy the music with us, great conversations and laughs, even a panty canon. (A tradition where you can give your panties or boxers and they blow them up in the parking lot. It took some skill as they packed gun powder and lit up the bomb. Odd, but neat.)

    Sue bought the bar and "shops" 27 years ago and maintains it to this day. She vocally hates when people ask her about her life but loves to talk about herself nonstop- a little bit of an oxymoron. You don't have to ask Sue, she'll tell you anyway (jest). She is looking to sell her operation in the next couple years as it's now a world-known tourist stop. Her son ran the bar the entire night and was as professional as bar tenders get- even though he sees a maximum of 12 patrons a night. The bar was even pet friendly as we had our dogs with us the entire night.

    We met many Europeans this night as well and we were curious on how they got their European cars and vans over. There is a shipping program from Canada to Europe for about $1,500 and 2 weeks and your car is shipped, you then fly over and do your road trip in your own car- pretty cool.

    Chicken is only open a few months a year as the highway to and from is not maintained during the winter from the Canadian or American side. Most of the residents, other than about 4 don't stay over winter.

    Chicken isn't a destination but it's worth the stop, just know you have to create your own experience because the town folk don't do this for you. We loved it!
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  • Day9


    August 10, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    400 Einwohner 200 km von Dawson. Einen Kaffee getrunken, ein Muffin gegessen und die Dredge angeschaut. Mehr ist nicht, ausser der einzigsten Toilette mit Wasserspülung in Chicken und somit im Umkreis von mindestens 200 km. So wirbt man hier für sein Cafe, siehe Bilder :-)Read more

  • Day45

    Chicken: Post Ofc & Gold Dredge

    June 16 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 70 °F

    Today’s plan was to hop in the toad and explore Chicken ... 15 miles up the road from our campground. We’d heard horror stories about potholes and frost heaves on theTaylor Highway. We found both, but except in a few places, repairs had already been made.

    Our first stop was at the Chicken Post Office, which dates back to 1903. Not because we had any business to transact, but because bits and pieces of the Jack Wade Dredge are exhibited nearby. Turns out that we were charmed by the log cabin post office, and its little garden, and the chicken memorabilia tucked into nooks and crannies.

    The dredge was sent up here in 1906-1907 from Dawson City, in Canada’s Yukon Territory, by way of the Fortymile River. A bucket line dredge, it was one of the first to operate in the local mining district that is described as being the place of the 1886 Gold Rush before “the Gold Rush” ... the latter being a reference to the Klondike Gold Rush of 1896.

    The dredge was apparently dismantled by the BLM and moved here in 2007. Having already seen a dredge of this kind on the Steese Highway, we appreciated the well-done info board nearby that explained how it was used to mine gold.
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    That is such a cute post office! And "complaint department 300 miles," LOL!!

  • Day33

    Chicken, AK on Top of the World Highway

    July 28, 2019 in the United States ⋅ 🌧 55 °F

    Made it to the world famous town of Chicken, Alaska on the Top of the World Highway. It's an active mining town and a tourist trap 😊

    The RV's that had travelled the dirt road from Dawson City, YT are completely covered in mud. So that's what we have to look forward to!Read more

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