The Yukon River crosses Alaska, East
to West. Only one bridge crosses that
river, the bridge on the Dalton Highway.
After crossing the Yukon River, we passed these snow covered trees.
Jackie at the Arctic Circle
At the end of the day, we arrived at Coldfoot (population 17), located at Mile 175 on the Dalton Highway in the southern slopes
of the Brooks Range, 248 miles north of Fairbanks. Originally named Slate Creek, Coldfoot was founded as a gold-mining
camp in 1898. The name changed when many prospectors got "cold feet" upon winter's arrival and headed back south. At its
turn-of-the-century peak, Coldfoot boasted a gambling hall, two roadhouses, seven saloons, a post office and a brothel. By
1912 it was a ghost town.
The former mining camp was reincarnated as a construction camp while the pipeline was being built. In 1981 it shape-shifted
again, becoming a barebones trucker stop-"The Farthest North Truck Stop in the World." It's a visitor-friendly place that caters
to a tour-bus, trucker and independent traveler clientele. Here, 60 miles north of the Arctic Circle there is a cafe, gas station,
hotel, lounge, post office open three afternoons a week, and general store.
Our lodging at Coldfoot was a modular building that was built 30 years ago as housing for the construction workers on the
On our fourth day, we continued north another 75 miles through the Brooks Range to the North Slope.