Eagle is located at the end of the Taylor Highway on the south bank of the Yukon River, 171 miles from Tok, 94 miles from Chicken and 143 miles from Dawson City, YT.
Visitor information: Eagle Historical Society & Museums, P.O. Box 23, Eagle, AK 99738; phone (907) 547-2325.
Francois Mercier established his Belle Isle trading post here in 1880 to serve miners working the upper Yukon and its tributaries.
Fort Egbert was established in 1899, and it became a key communications center when the Washington-Alaska Military Cable and Telegraph System (WAMCATS) was completed in 1903. Judge James Wickersham established the first federal court in the Interior of Alaska at Eagle in 1900. But by 1910, gold strikes in Fairbanks and Nome had lured away many of Eagle’s residents, and with the conversion to wireless communications, most of the U.S. Army left Fort Egbert in 1911. Today Eagle is a popular jumping-off point for Yukon River travelers.
Visitor services in Eagle include accommodationsat the Falcon Inn Bed and Breakfast, gas stations, a grocery store (with ATM), laundromat and mechanic shop with tire repair. Camping at Eagle BLM campground. Eagle has a library and post office.
- The Wickersham Courthouse houses the museum. The Eagle Historical Society offers a 2-hour walking tour of Eagle Historic District.
- Visit Fort Egbert, a National Historic Landmark: 5 of the 46 original structures have been restored.
- The Yukon Queen II makes round trips daily between Eagle and Dawson City, YT.
- Canoes, kayaks and rafts float 175 miles of the Yukon River through Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve(between Eagle and Circle). Stop by the National Park Service visitor center in Eagle.