Take a road trip to Eagle to see historic items, like these two engines that were used to power one of interior Alaska’s first radio stations. Courtesy Craig McCaa, BLM.

Drive the Taylor Highway road trip to Eagle, a town of less than 100 that offers visitors a chance to see what life looked like in Alaska in 1899. Established as a fur trading post around 1880, the town boomed after gold miners flocked there during the Klondike Gold Rush. 

The Army established Fort Egbert in 1899 to provide martial law over the area until a civil government was established. Fort Egbert was mostly abandoned in 1911 after the miners moved on and the town shrank. The fort’s remaining buildings were preserved in the 1970s after Eagle was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Alexander Deedy formerly worked as the assistant editor and digital content manager for Alaska magazine.

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