In 1989-90, Walt Disney filmed the Jack London Gold Rush classic “White Fang” entirely in the Chilkat Valley, using the Haines swimming pool to portray a frozen river and giant fans blowing potato flakes to simulate a blizzard. The false-front, movie-set buildings used to portray Skagway and Dawson were rescued by residents who finished them and added utilities to create this “city” of tiny shops and attractions. It allows start-up businesses to gain an economic foothold before moving to permanent buildings downtown. Stop by Fairweather Ski Works to see craftsmen make backcountry skis using local birch trees, or duck into The Klondike Saloon building to sample what’s cooking in the restaurant. An interpretive panel near the city’s entrance tells more about the film and building history. Dalton City serves as the site of two annual, major parties: The Great Alaska Craft Beer and Homebrew Festival at Memorial Day and the Fishermen’s Barbecue on summer solstice. Located at the Southeast Alaska State Fairgrounds.
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