Thursday, June 26, 2014

June 23–We made it to Eagle, Alaska

A little more rain overnight, but another nice day.  We arrived in Eagle and pulled up to the Visitor Information which turned out to be the library which wouldn’t open until 5 p.m.!  However, they had Wi-Fi available outside.

Eagle sits on the banks of the Yukon River.  I didn’t know until I read a few days ago that this town had been flooded in May,  2009.  When I mentioned it to LeRoy, he remembered seeing a television show about it.  Then it came back to me because I had seen it as well.  I was hoping they would have displays and maybe the video of the show, but there was nothing like that.  When the ice broke up on the Yukon, the town was flooded.  As I was looking for more information, I found they also flooded in May, 2013!  Yet they are still building near the river.
We walked to the river before going to the museum which is in the old courthouse and where the town tour begins.

The post office and do you notice how the satellite nearly points at the ground? 

This Bed and Breakfast sits well below the high water mark of the 2009 flood.  It sits behind the signs.


A little park dedicated to Roald Amundsen, a polar explorer who visited here in 1905.

A couple told us they had taken the morning tour, it was very informative and lasted 2 1/2 hours.  Unfortunately, a tour group of Canadians had signed up for an abbreviated tour so that’s what we got.  They were kind enough to give us a ride on their bus to the fort which was a few blocks away though. 

Judge Wickersham’s courthouse and courtroom which was upstairs.  He was a Federal judge and we have run across his name in other towns.  They had quite a nice museum, but we didn’t have much time plus they didn’t want to turn the lights on.

A beaded mitten on a squirrel coat with beaver cuffs.

Next we are off to Fort Egbert.

No mine claim markers like this in Arizona!

This is the well house.  In Alaska people often have white tanks in the bed of their truck for hauling water.  In Eagle, you come here to get your water.

I later realized we never did see whatever they call their downtown!

Rain is once again in the forecast and I’d like to be off this dirt road!  We are pulled over in a gravel pit where there are several moose tracks.  Again, one can only hope.

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