Alaska April 08, 2019
The Most Interesting Small Town In Alaska You’ve Probably Never Heard Of
To most people in the lower 48 states, Alaska is pretty mysterious. But even Alaskans don’t know everything there is to know about The Last Frontier, especially that there are so many underrated small towns worth checking out. And Chicken is definitely one of them.
Chicken is located in Southeast Fairbanks Census Area, and to call it a small town would be an understatement.
As of 2010, it had a population of 7.
Chicken was settled by gold miners in the late 19th century, and it was those early miners who helped give the town its unique name.
Food was often scarce in those days, but one area near the South Fork of the 40-Mile River was full of Ptarmigan, which bear a strong resemblance to chicken. They almost named the town Ptarmigan when it was settled, but since no one could agree on the proper spelling, they chose Chicken instead.
Although Chicken's population eventually dwindled, there are still some active hold mines in the area.
Chicken is the outpost for the 40 Mile mining district.
Part of the town is currently listed on the National Register of Historical Places as the Chicken Historic District.
And despite its small size, plenty of tourists still flock to chicken.
This is the home base for the annual Chickenstock Music Festival, which takes place every June.
This year's festival dates are June 14 and 15.
If you're ever in the area, come explore this piece of living history.
Chicken has a bar, gift shop, cafe, and salmon bake. And if you go in the morning, stop by the cafe and sample some of Sue's famous cinnamon rolls.
Have you ever been to Chicken?
These tiny towns also have a lot of character.