"Beautiful Downtown Chicken, Alaska" Chicken by Stephen-KarenConn
Chicken Travel Guide: 21 reviews and 43 photos
Full time residents in beautiful downtown Chicken Alaska number 11, although when one takes in the greater metropolitan area that number soars to 23. It is in east-central Alaska, 88 miles from Tok, Alaska, on the Taylor Highway, and 102 miles from Dawson City, Yukon Territory, via the Top of the World Highway. Both highways are only partially paved. The road, and all of the local businesses, close in winter.
Early gold miners named their town Chicken about 100 years ago. These hardy pioneers hunted ptarmigan as a meat supply, but they couldn't spell ptarmigan so then named the town after the bird it most resembles, the chicken.
Gold can still be found in the creeks around Chicken, and in the summer campers and miners give the town a seasonal population of more than 100. Chicken is the largest of only a couple of small communities in the 190 miles between Tok and Dawson City, on a highway that is winding and mostly gravel, so it is a favorite stop for those who travel this way.
Chicken has no telephones, no cellular phone reception, no flush toilets, and no electricity, except that which some individuals produce with their own generators.
Unfortunately, on the day I was in Chicken there was a lot of smoke in the air from nearby wildfires, so my pictures aren't the best.
Not far from Beautiful Downtown Chicken I took a short hike along the creek at the Original Chicken Gold Camp and came... more travel advice
For those who think Chicken isn't a real town, here is the proof that it is; they have a post office. The Chicken Post... more travel advice
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