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Coldfoot is basically a truck stop on the
I stayed up most of the night having fun with photography. I had to sleep a little for the drive tomorrow into
The town was originally a mining camp named "Slate Creek", and around 1900 got its present name when prospectors going up the nearby Koyukuk River would get "cold feet" and turn around. In 1902 Coldfoot had two roadhouses, two stores, seven saloons, and a gambling house. A post office operated from 1902 to 1912, then reopened in 1984.
It drains an area north of the
It rises in several forks above the
Its tributaries include the Glacier, Alatna and John rivers. The area around its confluence with the
The valley of the river is a habitat for bear and moose and is a destination for game hunting.
Lt. Henry Allen and Private Fred Fickett of the United States Army ascended and explored the river in 1885. The discovery of gold deposits on the Middle Fork in 1893 led to a gold rush in 1898 with the establishment of trading posts and mining camps, including Bettles, on the upper river. In 1929, Robert Marshall explored the
In 1980 the United States Congress designated 100 mi (164 km) of the
In 1994 floods on the river swept away three villages, forcing the wholesale relocation of the population.
Next Week will be about the
Here is a short preview of the Tundra and Deadhorse
Deadhorse is a settlement located on the North Slope of the
Companies with facilities in Deadhorse service
Tourists traveling to Deadhorse and
Facts about Deadhorse Weather
- Longest day: 63 days, 23 hours, 40 minutes ( on May 20 to on July 22)
- Shortest day: 45 min ( on November 24)
- Longest night: 54 days, 22 hours, 51 min ( on November 24 to on January 18)
- Shortest night: 26 min ( on May 19 to on May 20)
- Highest recorded temperature: 83 °F (28 °C) on
21 June 1991
- Lowest recorded temperature: −62 °F (−52 °C) on
27 January 1989
- Highest wind speed recorded: 95 knots (109 mi/h, 176 km/h) on
25 February 1989
- Official lowest wind chill: −102 °F (−74 °C) on
28 January 1989(air temperature of −54 °F (−48 °C) and wind speed of 31 knots (36 mi/h, 57 km/h))
In the photograph below looking across the Tundra to the west of the Highway is a pingo? It is 3 miles away and shot with a 200 mm lens. Pingos form from the bed of a spring-fed lake that has been covered by vegetation. Freezing of the water can raise the surface several hundred feet above the flat terrain. They start small and grow from year to year.
This is a waterfowl paradise. There are thousands of small lakes and an abundant food supply. Following is a map centered on
Yes, we will get to Deadhorse next week. I promise.
Lots on wildflowers, flash floods and landslides on the trip back to