Chicken is only about an hour and a half from Tok so it seemed like the perfect choice.
Chicken is a community founded on gold mining and is one of the few surviving gold rush towns in Alaska. The population was 7 at the 2010 Census. However, usually year round, there are 17 inhabitants. Due to mining, Chicken's population peaks during the summer. It has frequently been noted on lists of unusual place names. Chicken was settled by gold miners in the late 1800s and in 1902 the local post office was established requiring a community name. Due to the prevalence of ptarmigan in the area that name was suggested as the official name for the new community. However, the spelling could not be agreed on and Chicken was used to avoid embarrassment. A portion of Chicken, with buildings from the early 1900s and the F.E. Company Dredge No. 4 (Pedro Dredge) are listed on the National Register of Historical Places as the Chicken Historic District. Chicken is the outpost for the 40 Mile mining district. There are still active gold mines in this area. Enough gold was mined here to make it worthwhile to haul huge gold dredges to this remote location.
Well, since there's gold here why not try to find some! John decided he was going to pan for gold today. Leaving him alone so he could strike it rich, I walked around this unique area taking pictures. When I returned, with hope that he found the mother load, I didn't see where he had found anything. He said he did find gold, and told me if I look really, really close, that I should see it in his bottle. I looked really hard, I even squinted to where I couldn't squint anymore but I still didn't see any gold. I'm not saying it wasn't in there, I'm just saying I didn't see it.
Although we didn't strike it rich in Chicken, we had a golden day!
There's no electric there, most people use generators.
There's no phone and very limited internet!
The mail arrives by plane Tuesdays and Fridays of every week. Chicken has had continual mail service since 1906.
This town is definitely a blast from the past!