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Southeast Fairbanks Census Area

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  • Day10

    Chicken, AK!

    July 31, 2016 in the United States

    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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  • Day11

    Chicken, AK

    August 23, 2017 in the United States

    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.Read more

  • Day11

    Delta Junction

    August 23, 2017 in the United States

    Rikka's Roadhouse is now a state owned historical site. Rikka came by the roadhouse and farm for the sum of $5. Her husband who founded the business was more interested in hunting and frequently went away for long periods leaving Rikka in charge. After a 2 year absence, he sold the property to her and walked away. Rikka became a successful businesswoman and bequeathed the property to the State on her death.

    Adjoining the property is the Tanana River running very swiftly. There is a suspension bridge over the river carrying the Alaska Pipeline, one of only 2 such structures in the entire length of the pipeline.
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  • Day11

    Alaska Highway - Tok to Delta Junction

    August 23, 2017 in the United States

    We leave Tok on the Alcan Hway. This road of 1500 miles was built in 9 months through the remote subarctic wilderness. The area had not been mapped. Just outside Tok, a section of the road is called the Purple Heart Trail. Every person who worked on this road received a Purple Heart, over 10,000 men in 7 regiments started in 7 places, mostly black Americans. Its concept was driven by the need to protect the northwest when the US entered WW2.

    At the Robertson River, we cross the 2nd highest river bridge in Alaska. The Robertson has a really wide bed for the braided river. The main channel is flowing swiftly.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Southeast Fairbanks Census Area, খা-মুঙ ফেয়ার বাংকস মানুলেহা লয়া, Área censal de Southeast Fairbanks, Zone de recensement de Southeast Fairbanks, Southeast Fairbanks, Census Area di Southeast Fairbanks, Southeast Fairbanks Phó͘-cha Tē-he̍k, Zensusrebeet Fairbanks Süüdoost, Okręg Southeast Fairbanks, Região Censitária de Southeast Fairbanks, Саутист-Фэрбанкс, Саутист Фербанкс, 東南費爾班克斯人口普查區

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