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Jun 13, 2009 - Chicken, Alaska

Chicken Alaska is a little mining town, it has three buildings, a bar, a café and a small store. There are also two campgrounds and not much else. The population in the summer is around 50 people and during the winter it drops to 15. In the winter the roads leading to the town are not plowed so the town closes down from September to April. Total isolation for the few people who stay. Chicken got its name during the gold rush, the miners wanted to name the town Ptarmigan which is the name of a local bird that they survived on, but they...

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Adventures in 2009

Jun 11, 2009 - Beaver Creek, Yukon to Chicken, Alaska

Today we made it to Chicken, Alaska a tiny gold mining community. Beautiful downtown Chicken, Population 21 in Summer, 6 in Winter, daylight hours in Summer is 20, in Winter there are about 5 or 6. Elevation 1640. Chicken is remote, 67 miles out in the boondocks with no electricity except what they generate themselves , water is hauled in from Tok 80 miles away, sewer is an outhouse out back, no phones and no cell phone coverage. They advertise WIFI, we were able to receive 1 email while there, the Mail is picked up and delivered twice a...

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CHRISTOPHER TRAVELS

Jun 2, 2009 - S.S. Keno Tour & Top of the World Highway Drive

Tuesday, June 2, 2009. Chicken Gold Camp and Outpost S.S. Keno & Top of the World Highway Jonathan and I did our best to help Tom get things around the RV packed up this morning then headed out on a bike ride into town. He had been wanting to do that and there's a bike trail that leads from the entrance of the campground right to the walking path along the river so we headed out around 11:30. We had bought a ticket for Jonathan for all the things we wanted to see but there must have been a misunderstanding because not one person asked...

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Sep 4, 2008 - Northern Lights in Tok!

. Good morning everyone, We will be on our way to CHICKEN, AK, after a breakfast at the Grumpy Grizz here in Tok. I'm not sure we will have WiFi there, so please check back often for our next update...probably from Dawson City in the Yukon Territory. I was up early this morning and briefly saw a spectacular sight, the northern lights. They looked like a waving sheet of bright green rainfall in the forest. AWESOME! Have a great day! Update: As of 12:30 PM Alaska Time we arrived in Chicken and have minimal WiFi until the camp shuts down the...

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Aug 24, 2008 - Chicken

Saturday morning, August 23rd, we went sight seeing along the Taylor Highway to Chicken and then about 30 miles further toward Eagle, to the point where the road to Dawson City on the Yukon branches off to the East. It was cloudy when we left Tok but became partly cloudy as we traveled north. The junction of the Taylor Highway with the Alaska Highway is 12 miles east of Tok. This area was blanketed with smoke from a nearby forest fire when we entered Alaska in June of 2004. The fire was located about 3 miles north of the junction. The fire...

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Aug 8, 2008 - Chicken, Alaska

August 8, 2008, Friday Chicken is very remote and completely closes down in the winter. The Taylor Highway that takes you to Chicken is not maintained during the winter, but is used by people who like snowmobiling. The hwy is first plowed in April. Like lots of little towns in Alaska, Chicken was created because of the gold rush. People still do gold mining and panning there. The original settlers, gold-miners, couldn’t spell Ptarmigan (now the State Bird). They wanted to call the town Ptarmigan, because the plentiful local birds filled...

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Aug 3, 2008 - Top of the World

We leave Dawson City...lining up at the local ferry (23 of us) to cross the Yukon River and starting on the 100+ mile road called "Top of the World"! About 65 miles is in the Yukon, then crossing the American border and traveling another 40. Getting to the border was really not too bad....some paved, some gravel roads with a few bumpy areas...but we were only traveling about 35 mph...But then there's the American side! As soon as we crossed the border, it was horrible...like an old logging road or bad driveway....washboard, pot holes. We've...

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Aug 1, 2008 - Chicken, Alaska

August 1, 2008 We awake to a partly cloudy day with a few showers. After breakfast we traveled on to Chicken where we stopped to see the sights. Chicken is a small town made famous by Ann Prudy’s Book, “Tisha” which is based on her experiences as a young schoolteacher in the Bush . It is also the first town you come to after driving The Top Of The World Highway and the Klondike Loop from Dawson City to Alaska. It is a small town with a population of 21 in summer and 6 in the winter. Commercially it consist of a few businesses each with it’s...

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Aug 1, 2008 - Chicken, Alaska

We had rain and swollen rivers from Fairbanks to Tok. We stopped at North Pole to see Santa and mail some envelopes to Kentucky and Texas. Here we met Charlie and Linda. Jim and Charlie had a cup of coffee served by Santa's helpers which we found to be the best buy in the shop ($1 for a cup and one refill). It seemed to rain all day and we were strongly considering going on to British Columbia. At Tok, we tied up with Charlie and Linda at the BLM information. Here we were advised that the campground host from West Fork had said the road...

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Alaska 2008

Jul 27, 2008 - Chicken My A$$

Let me explain that title, I could have probably come up with at least three or four more different one’s but after you read this I think you’ll see why I went with this one. Saturday morning we were ready to pull out of Valdez by 8:30 having fueled up and I also had the Propane tank filled as well. Of coarse we had the obligatory rain and fog off and on until around I’m guessing 2:00 pm. At about 3:00 we had reached Tok, Ak where we had planned to spend the night. Since the drive of two hundred and fifty couple of miles went better than I...

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Jul 26, 2008 - Chicken, AK

Well we made the approximately 70 mile trek from Tok to Chicken in about 3 ½ hours. We were observing many beautiful vistas along the way. The paved road ends several miles prior to arriving in the metropolis of Chicken, which consists of a Café, Saloon and Mercantile store period. Oh yes, there is a fuel pump and a Chicken Poop outhouse also. The Café RV Park is nice and for you who have a camper will appreciate this. Howard backed into our site and the bubble is exactly in the circle, zero adjustments! We are in the high price section and...

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Jul 23, 2008 - Chicken!!!!!!!!!!!!

(We'll had photos when we have a stronger internet connection) After leaving Tok, our next goal was to drive up near the tiny community of Chicken, one end of the Top of the World Highway that runs between Chicken, Alaska and Dawson City, Yukon. We had been debating for months what to do about the Top of the World Highway. The messages we got on this highway were mixed--the views along the highway could be great if the weather was good, but the road could be very rough to travel, particularly in bad weather and if pulling a large RV. We had...

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