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Stephen-KarenConn Says: 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 Office isn't in the downtown area, but about half a mile down the road and off the highway a bit, on a hill. Mail is picked up and delivered here from the...
Stephen-KarenConn Says: There are no flush toilets in Chicken and this poop house isn't a joke. It's the only place you can go for many miles around. That's why I list the Chicken Poop House as a "must see" activity.The people of Chicken don't have a lot in the way of modern amenities, but they do...
Stephen-KarenConn Says: Actually this is the ONLY restaurant in town. The lunch I ate here was absolutely wonderful, and I loved the atmosphere. During my visit I was the only customer for the owner and sole employee who called himself "Gary the Cook." Gary told me he gets his fill of people during...
After a FUN day in Chicken and on the river, we decided to stay overnight. And as luck would have it we ran into the miners we had met earlier in day and they invited us to a barbecue that the owners of the Chicken Gold Camp were having at the picnic area by the dredge. We ate (and drank) way too much good stuff, including salmon and moose. It was a great group of people and great fun. The sky was awesome and as the sunset disappeared, the northern lights danced to the north.
We ended up going up to the Chicken Saloon afterwards for a little craziness. The bartender loaded the cannon with someone's panties; I don't know whose ;>), and proceeded to blow our ear drums out! Someone else in Chicken fired back with a louder bang. What a "clucking" hoot...er...cluck....whatever! It was fun, but all fun comes to an end, especially with $5 drinks, so we said felice notte and headed back to the Chicken Coop at the Chicken Gold Camp with the northern lights still dancing.
Written Nov 19, 2006
Address: Chicken...the whole town.
The last time I drove the Taylor Hwy,. it was mostly gravel, but the road has changed and so has Chicken. The road is now paved, or sort of, from the turn-off at Tetlin Jctn to the Mosquito Fork bridge, which is only a few mile from Chicken. The rest of the way to the border or Eagle is still all gravel. But that doesn't stop bicyles, motorcylists, big motor homes or any other mode of traveling. Even the preferred Alaska ATV can be seen on the road. There are some pot holes, wash board and narrow spots to watch, but the scenery is worth it...and so is visiting Chicken.
I caught up with some interesting rigs in at the Chicken Gold Camp...see photos.
Written Nov 19, 2006
Stephen-KarenConn Says: This gift and souvenir shop, which specializes in Chickenana, was doing a bustling business when I was there. A tour bus operated by one of the major cruise lines had just dropped off 40 tourists at the emporium's doorstep. It seemed that everyone on board wanted a Chicken...
Don't be afraid to bring your dog to Chicken. Everyone has dogs and they seem to rule, as pets usually do. Downtown Chicken has its pack of dogs led by Tucker the 3-legged dog. There's Toby, the Jack Russel, that got hit by an airplane prop in front of the bar a few years ago. Don't fret, Toby still makes the rounds in Chicken. Pika is the "camp host" at the Chicken Gold Camp, or so says her bandana. You will usually find her in the middle of the steps. There's a few resident Jack Russels (one hanging out in a dredge bucket)in front og the Outpost), German Shepards, a dog sled team, several labs, mutts and more mutts. Way more dogs than chickens...maybe the town name outa be Dog, Alaska?
Updated Nov 20, 2006
Stephen-KarenConn Says: Just two miles west of Chicken, at Milepost # 64 on the Taylor Highway, is the Mosquito Fork Bridge Wayside. This lovely spot provides access to the Fortymile Wild and Scenic River Management Area, administered by the Bureau of Land Management. There is a small parking lot,...