Eagle (Alaska)

Unorganized Borough


Eagle is a city in Alaska at the northern end of the Taylor Highway.


The village was founded in the 80s of the 19th century by the Alaska Commercial Company, which wanted to build a trading post for furs near the Canadian border in the Yukon. The order instructed François Mercier chose as the location the Indian village Eagle Village.

The 1896 starting Klondike Gold Rush of the Klondike River not far away and the construction related to the Valdez punitive trails drew attention to the remote trading post. It created a municipality and a post office and the U.S. Army built a barracks. The representative of the U.S. Government Judge Wickersham took over in 1900 by Eagle from the case-law of the region.

In the wake of the discovery of gold Eagle grew up to the year 1901 to 1700 inhabitants, became a town and was the largest settlement in the interior of Alaska. 1903 Eagle was. By connecting to the telegraph line to Valdez on the Pacific coast to the northern telegraph station on the continent Today, the telegraph office serves as a border station for travelers on the Yukon.

After the 2nd World War, the population had shrunk to nine people. The creation of the Yukon - Charley Rivers National Preserves with administrative headquarters in Eagle and the construction of the Taylor Highway in 1953 kept the place in front of insignificance. Today, Eagle 's port of call for tourists during the summer thanks to gas stations and department stores. In the winter, Eagle is powered by the non-cleared highway by dogsled and snowmobile.