The road to Eagle was all dirt and with some gravel spots and very narrow and curvy. In some ways the road was a little better than the Top of the World Highway because there didn't seem to be as many pot holes to dodge. We all agreed we made the right decision in not driving the motors homes to Eagle. I drove the Jeep, which made for a long day with all of us, Sadie, and our gear packed in it. The round trip was about 140 miles.
Eagle was home to Ft. Elbert and was a telegraph outpost until telephone became prominent. There isn't much in Eagle other than the "Mall" and the Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve. Tour boats float from Dawson City some 40 miles up river and tour buses come over the mountain to supply the town with money, I mean tourists.. The population is about 170 during the summer and 140 during the winter. There is a really nice BLM camp ground which didn't appear to be open yet. It would be a great camping spot if you had a pickup truck with a slide or were tent camping..not for larger rigs mainly due to the drive.
Yes, this is the Eagle Mall. Everything sold here is made in Eagle. It is open only when the boats and buses are due to arrive. We were lucky that it was open when we were there. When we left town, the mall had closed shop. The tour boats and buses had long gone.
Bill is 6' plus and no, a midget does not live here. Part of the old cabin is built below ground to conserve on heating costs. There are several of these old cabins around town.
This is the towns source of drinking water. Almost every pickup truck I saw had a big tank in the back of it and this hose was used to fill the tank up and take it back home.
One year ago May the small town of Eagle had a major flood. The river came up to the house you see in the picture. In fact, it has been rebuilt. The picture doesn't show the new retaining wall very well, which will keep the river from further eroding the land. There was a warm trend about the time when the ice was breaking up on the river and the ice formed an ice dam. When the dam finally broke, the dam flooded and the huge pieces of ice flooded the town causing major damage.
I found it very heartening to see that many of the building had been repaired so quickly. These people worked together to get their community back up and living in a very short time. The hardy spirit of the Alaskans is pretty evident.
On the way back to our camp sight we had some great scenery. The clouds had broken up somewhat and we only had small showers.
I wouldn't have wanted to meet one of the tour buses on this curvy, hilly stretch.