First, some facts about Chicken:
Chicken is so named, because the original settlers, actually gold-miners, couldn't spell Ptarmigan. They wanted to call the the town Ptarmigan, because the plentiful local birds filled many a pot in their camps. Ptarmigan were also called "chickens"--and that's how (seriously) the town got it's name.
Snow varies in depth. Some years just a bit. Some years quite a bit. Yes, it can get really cold. There have been temperatures of 80 to 85 degrees below Fahrenheit. OK don't believe me--it's true, though.
Satellite phones can be found. Cell phones don't work 'til mile 32, and then you've got to park the truck just right. There have been rumors about cellular service--but that'll be belived once it's seen, and not before.
The nearest town in "Tok" (named after Tokyo, during the fevered construction of the Alaska Highway in World War II)--about 78 miles away. The Canadian Border is about 42 miles away. It closes at 8 PM.
These are also the first pictures I've taken since I "switched to digital." :)
Here is a picture of the first sign telling you that you're on your way to Chicken. You can't see it very well, but there are two toilets--yes, toilets--set into the bank behind the sign. (The upper one is smashed.) -Don't ask, don't tell, I guess. -Maybe this is their idea of a "rest stop. . . ."
And here is a sign welcoming one to "Chicken Community." "-Not what you'd call a 'going concern.'" :)
And here, finally, is a picture of bustling, beautiful, Downtown Chicken--three buildings, and two outhouses. And yes, Joey - Dude, they did have CHICKENS!! (No pictures, though--ran out of memory, 'n stuff. -Got a card, just today. . . .)