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 accommodations at 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.