The Chicken Creek Saloon is a must when travelling through Chicken, Alaska. Inside you will find an old time saloon atmosphere. The local gold miners and residents frequent this establishment. They are very friendly and welcoming of travelers passing through. You get to talk to the miners and hear stories of striking it rich. I heard a few! They...more
Chickenstock Music Festival, a bluegrass concert, is held every summer around the 2nd weekend in June in Chicken, Alaska at the Chicken Gold Camp. The concert had 3 bands in 2008 for their 2nd annual concert. They plan to add more bands in 2009. Absolutley great time for everyone there.more
After we ate breakfast at the Outpost, we did a little more gold panning while we waited for the 10am tour of the Pedro Dredge. The dredge mined in Fairbanks on Pedro Creek before being moved to Chicken in 1959. It mined Chicken Creek from 1959 to 1967 and produced about 55,000 oz. Mike (he and his wife own the Chicken Gold Camp) moved the dredge...more
When we arrived in Chicken, there was a crowd of people gathered around the gold panning troughs at the Chicken Gold Camp so after talking to some of the panners, we couldn't pass up the chance to look for some gold. We ended up spending several hours of absolute great fun trading stories with the other travelers as we panned....people from all...more
I don't drink, but I still had to take a peek inside the Chicken Creek Saloon. If I were a drinking man, this is the kind of place in which I would like to imbibe. It's rustic, quaint, and the walls are lined with so much assorted junk that you can't see them at all. I chatted for a while with the old local fellow in the long white beard seen here...more
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 outside world only twice a week, Tuesdays and Fridays, by airplane. Locals...more
This place rocks...and, yes, there is more than one place in Chicken. Stopped in Chicken and almost got sucked in...neat little town. I ate lunch, and breakfast the next morning, and ate good both times. For lunch, I had a roast beef/provolone/pesto/roasted red pepper panini and yummie brocoli soup. And an Italian soda! In Chicken! You guys eating...more
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 the busy summer season here in Chicken, so he spends the remaining eight...more
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.
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.
The Outpost is a cute gift shop with alot of cool stuff...not really the normal tourist shop. It does have bumper stickers, and other tourist stuff, but lots of art, jewelry, which the owners make, and nice shirts, hats ,etc. And of course chickens... The sign says get your chicken in Chicken...so I looked, but although there were lots of cute...more
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 tee shirt, or some other momento of this unique and isolated stop on their...more
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?
Having met some miners at lunch that invited us to float the river, we rented kayaks at the Chicken Gold Camp. An hour later, we were making our way down the Fortymile River in little yellow kayaks that were to cool. We stopped to check out the old, abandoned dredge a few miles below Chicken and stopped again at the old camp where the dredge crew...more
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, a watercraft launch area, picnic tables, and a pit toilet which is just a...more
Not far from Beautiful Downtown Chicken I took a short hike along the creek at the Original Chicken Gold Camp and came upon the Pedro Dredge. This was the largest dredge in the Fortymile region and it worked the rich ground in the Chicken Creek drainage from 1959-1967. In its peak mining years, an average run of the dredge - 24 hours a day for two...more
Before coming to Chicken I read in a guidebook that "There are no chickens in Chicken." Let me tell you now that the guidebook is dead wrong. There are exactly two chickens in Chicken, or perhaps I should say 1.9 chickens. They both are nameless, so I shall call the white chicken Ivory and the black chicken Ebony.Ivory is a rooster, but he has lost...more
When you are in Chicken don't miss meeting Tucker, the three-legged dog. He can usually be found hanging out near the chicken pen.Tucker is a 9-year-old mutt, half collie and half husky, who lost his front left leg in a fight with a GMC truck. He came to Chicken from Edmondton, Alberta, where he used to spend his time dodging the props at the...more