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Looking for a music festival during your visit to the far North? There’s one held every year the second weekend of June in the town of Chicken, Alaska. 2016 will be the 10th annual. Like any good music festival, it promises good music, plenty of beer, and lots of fun.
Taylor Highway (Hwy 5) is open seasonally from April to mid-October. Conditions of the road can range anywhere between good to poor and depend heavily on weather and maintenance. Keep in mind that there are very limited services or facilities available along the road past Eagle.
At Milepost 69 you will arrive at the Lost Chicken Hill Mine, which was established in 1895. It got its name because it held a pay streak that had been “lost” for many years. The area has mining history that began before the Klondike Gold Rush of 1897 – 98. It is now privately owned and mined.
At Milepost 67 Taylor Highway you will find the Chicken Creek Bridge. This is the site of a dredge that was operated by the Fairbanks Exploration Company from 1959 until 1965. In an average run of the dredge, it was operating 24 hours a day for 2 weeks. At it’s peak, one run would bring in $40,000 in gold.
Chicken (pop. 21 in summer, 6 in winter). This little gold mining town was established around 1898 and there has been mining in this area ever since. In 1902, this area was to be the second Alaska town to be incorporated. The residents decided to call their home Ptarmigan, the only problem was that no one could decide on the correct spelling. They didn’t want to be the butt of jokes, so the residents decided to name the town Chicken. From the… ...more
This dredge is located at Chicken Gold Camp and Outpost. The dredge mined on Pedro Creek just outside of Fairbanks from 1938 until 1959 before it was moved to Chicken Creek and operated between 1959 and 1967. Mike Busby and Bernie Karl purchased the dredge and moved it and other mining equipment down to Chicken in 1998 as a tourist attraction. It was put on the National Register of Historic Places in 2006.