Chicken, Alaska with Eider Duck

Chicken, Alaska?   Is this really a town?   Eider, are you sure?   Yes.   Chicken, Alaska is a very small town not too far from Fairbanks, Alaska.

Welcome to Chicken, Alaska

Welcome to Chicken, Alaska

Approaching the town, Eider stopped to read this information about moose.

Approaching Chicken, Alaska. Information on caribou

Approaching Chicken, Alaska.   Information on moose

Often Eider has moose in his yard in North Pole near Fairbanks, Alaska.   The area was settled by gold miners in the late 1800s.

Chicken, Alaska

Chicken, Alaska

In 1902 the local post office was established and the community needed a name.

Chicken, Alaska

Chicken, Alaska

There were many ptarmigan in the area.   Ptarmigan are small birds, smaller than a chicken.   Some wanted to name the town ptarmigan, but the unusual spelling of the word, convinced the miners to name the town Chicken instead.   With a name like Chicken, tourists arrive here, so the town gives them something to see.

Egg in Chicken, Alaska

Egg in Chicken, Alaska

Some old buildings are still standing in Chicken.   Some of the buildings and Dredge No 4, Pedro Dredge, are listed on the National Register of Historical Places.

Chicken, Alaska

Chicken, Alaska

There are still active gold mines in the area.   Chicken had a music festival.    This is the stage for many of the musical groups.

Stage for Music Festival in Chicken, Alaska

Stage for Music Festival in Chicken, Alaska

Tourists have fun in Chicken, Alaska.

Chicken, Alaska

Chicken, Alaska

Chicken, Alaska

Chicken, Alaska

That chicken is reading signs to different places.

Eider Duck is my cousin and friend.   When Eider was leaving Chicken, he stopped at this phone booth to call me.

Eider tried to call me, Zeb the Duck.

Eider tried to call me, Zeb the Duck.

This is a working telephone, but I, Zeb the Duck, was not home when Eider called.   Maybe Eider will try to call again.     The road and river in and out of Chicken is really pretty.  

From Alaska's Taylor Highway

From Alaska’s Taylor Highway

Eider says they have forest fires in Alaska, like every place else.   This is the new growth from a fire about 5 years ago.

Growing back from fire 5 years ago

Growing back from fire 5 years ago.   Eider says the animals like to eat this new vegetation.

This is really a great town Eider.   Thanks for sending us all these pictures.

 

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