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Eagle, Alaska

Founded in 1897 twelve miles from the Canada border on the Yukon River, Eagle had 700 residents the next year, living in small cabins.

By 1899, the U.S. Army had started building Fort Egbert, at the edge of town, to keep order in the wild and wooly mining community.

The town incorporated in 1901, and became the first official city in Interior Alaska.

By 1903, a telegraph line linked the Yukon River to Washington D.C. via the WAMCATS (Washington-Alaska Military Cable and Telegraph System.)

The Town of Eagle Today

Eagle is a well-preserved historic town, full of old cabins and major historic buildings, in a convenient cluster. Fewer than 200 people live here, but this is a remote and wonderful community with lots of personality.

The Yukon River is front-and-center in the Eagle experience. There are several benches for watching the river roll by.

Take the historic walking tour.

The Yellow Dirt Road: Burning Rubber on the Taylor Highway

The Taylor Highway starts 12 miles from Tok at Tetlin Junction. Paved 64 miles to Chicken, it winds over hills and valleys 94 miles to Eagle.

To get to Dawson, turn at Jack Wade Junction 32 miles past Chicken and drive 13 miles to the Canada border on the Top-of-the-World.

Huge fires here blocked the highway two summers ago and led to a 2005 morel-picking bonanza.

In Eagle, Don't Miss...
• The walking tour
• The Yukon River

+ Map of the Taylor (Top of the World) Highway
+ Map of the Eagle Trail & Telegraph Line

+ Map of Copper River Country


What's with the TAYLOR HIGHWAY?

It's 160 miles to Eagle. Before setting out – check the road conditions at the visitor centers in Tok.

The highway is arduous and
you must be alert while driving. No guardrails.

Check out the Taylor Highway road report



A lot of dehydrated eggs, SPAM, and blueberry pancakes have been cooked by Alaskans on Coleman-style stoves under the light of gasoline lamps, both fueled by “white” gas called “Blazo.”

Blazo and kerosene came to rural Alaska in squared metal cans.

The cans were reused as stools, roofing material, makeshift ovens and even waterproofing for cabin corners – as in this photo taken in Eagle.

Images of Eagle
Several fine photographs on this historic gold rush site.

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