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Near Wiseman in Fairbanks North Star Borough, Alaska — The American West (Northwest)
 

Welcome to Coldfoot Camp

 
 
Welcome to Coldfoot Camp Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, July 29, 2010
1. Welcome to Coldfoot Camp Marker
Inscription.
This Sign Greeted New Arrivals As They Arrived At The Pipeline Construction Camp Located One Mile West Of Here. We Salvaged This Sign When The Camp Was Being Dismantled.

You are about 55 miles north of the Arctic Circle on the East Bank of the Middle Fork Koyukuk River at the mouth of Slate Creek, which drains to the east.
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This is the site of the former gold mining community of Coldfoot, which was built here at the turn of the century. According to historical records, the original town of Coldfoot got its name in the summer of 1900 when one of waves of green stampeders got as far up the Koyukuk as this point, then got cold feet, turned around and ran. The settlement consisted of one gambling hall, two roadhouses, two stores, and seven saloons. In about 1912, the miners relocated in Wiseman, about 11 north of here.
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Coldfoot is a temporary camp, built in 1970 to accommodate up to 260 workers during the construction of the Alaska State Highway here, and up to 450 workers during construction of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. The altitude here is about 1,062 feet.
 
Location. 67° 15.072′ N, 150° 10.76′ W. Marker is near
Coldfoot Camp image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, July 28, 2010
2. Coldfoot Camp
Wiseman, Alaska, in Fairbanks North Star Borough. Click for map. Coldfoot is 175 miles north of the junction of the Dalton Highway (Alaska Highway 11) and the Elliot Highway and 240 miles south of Deadhorse/Prudhoe Bay. Marker is in this post office area: Fairbanks AK 99790, United States of America.
 
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Wiseman, AK image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, July 29, 2010
3. Wiseman, AK
The Farthest North Spurce Tree image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, July 29, 2010
4. The Farthest North Spurce Tree
Sign Reads:
Farthest North
Spruce Tree

On the Alaskan Pipeline
Do Not Cut
The Dalton Highway, AKA The North Slope Haul Road image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, July 29, 2010
5. The Dalton Highway, AKA The North Slope Haul Road
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 483 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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