Fort Egbert

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Fort Egbert

Alaska

(800) 437-7021

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Overview

In 1899 the Fortymile region and upper Yukon valley were awash with gold miners and settlers lured in by the Klondike Gold Rush. Reports of lawlessness among the newcomers eventually reached Washington D.C. through the tortuously slow communications available at the time. The Army's response, the establishment of Fort Egbert on the Yukon River a few miles from Canada, was to bring profound changes to the region and reshape Alaska's ties to the rest of the nation. Although the fort was largely abandoned in 1911, an Army Signal Corps contingent remained there to operate a telegraph and wireless station until 1925. Today the BLM, in cooperation with the local Eagle Historical Society and Museums, manages five restored structures at Fort Egbert, which is part of the Eagle Historic District National Historic Landmark. Exhibits, an interpretive trail, and a campground are available for visitors.

Take a peaceful stroll into the past at Fort Egbert along the calming Yukon River in Alaska. A former Army base established to provide law and order, protect commerce, care for impoverished miners, build roads and trails, and develop better communication with the nation, the area now offers a myriad of new activities. Take a walking tour of an historic building, go camping, visit the quaint city of Eagle, and enjoy the surrounding scenery.

Map of Fort Egbert

Latitude, Longitude: 64.789448, -141.202812

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Activities

  • Camping

    The Bureau of Land Management operates an 18-site campground walking distance to the town of Eagle and Fort Egbert.

  • Hiking

    Walking tours are available daily. The two- to three-hour guided tour starts at the Courthouse once daily at 9 a.m. from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Seasonality/Weather

Guided tours are available Memorial Day to Labor Day.

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Directions

Driving

From Tok, travel east 12 miles on State Highway 2 to Taylor Highway. Take Taylor Highway 160 miles northeast to its end in the settle of Eagle. Visitors coming from Dawson City, Yukon Territory (Canada), can connect with the Taylor Highway at Jack Wade Junction by way of the Top of the World Highway.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(800) 437-7021

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