Population: 23 in summer, 6 in winter.
Chicken was supposedly named by early miners who wanted to name their camp ptarmigan, but were unable to spell it and settled instead for chicken, the common name in the North for ptarmigan. Mining began in the area in 1886, with the discovery of gold on Franklin Gulch. An estimated 700 miners worked the area until 1898, when many left for the Klondike Gold Rush. The post office was established in 1903.
Chicken is perhaps best known as the home of the late Ann Purdy, whose book Tisha was based on her experiences as a young schoolteacher in the Bush. Tisha’s schoolhouse and the former F.E. Company gold camp comprise Old Town, or historical, Chicken.
The highway community of Chicken is a popular stop on the Klondike Loop from Dawson City. Dining, lodging, camping and gas are available. Commercial Chicken consists of 3 businesses: Beautiful Downtown Chicken and Chicken Gold Camp & Outpost, both just off the highway on Chicken Airport Road, and Town of Chicken/The Goldpanner and Chicken Creek RV Park, located on the highway.