2nd Class City
in the Southeast Fairbanks Census Area
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- 2013 Department of Labor Estimate
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- Recording District
Geography and Climate
- The City of Eagle and Eagle Village are located on the Taylor Highway, 6 miles west of the Alaska-Canadian border. Eagle is on the left bank of the Yukon River at the mouth of Mission Creek. The Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve is northwest of the area.
- Interior Alaska experiences seasonal temperature extremes. January temperatures average -22 to -2 °F but can range as low as -60 °F; July temperatures average 50 to 72 °F. Average annual precipitation is 11.3 inches. Ice fog occurs during long cold spells.
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- Sq Mi Land
- Sq Mi Water
History and Culture
- The area has been the historical home to Han Kutchin Indians. Established as a log house trading station called "Belle Isle" around 1874, it operated intermittently as a supply and trading center for miners working the upper Yukon and its tributaries. Eagle City was founded in 1897 and was named after the nesting eagles on nearby Eagle Bluff. By 1898, the population had grown to over 1,700. A U.S. Army camp was established in 1899, and Fort Egbert was completed in 1900. Eagle became the first incorporated city in the Interior in January 1901. The Valdez-Eagle Telegraph line was completed in 1903. By 1910, Fairbanks and Nome gold prospects had lured away many, and the population had declined to 178. Fort Egbert was abandoned in 1911.
- The adjacent Eagle Village is home to Alaska Natives. Subsistence activities are part of the lifestyle.
- Federally Recognized Tribe
- Name of Federally Recognized Tribe
- Native Village of Eagle
Facilities, Utilities, and Health Care
- Municipal Facilities & Utilities
- Watering Point, Volunteer Fire/EMS/Ambulance, Roads, Recreation
- Eagle has access to the state road system and Canada only during summer months via the Taylor and Top of the World Highways. A state-owned 3,600' long by 75' wide gravel airstrip is available; flights originate from Fairbanks and Tok. Float planes land on the Yukon River. There is no dock, but a public boat landing is available. During the summer, the Holland America Tour Boat is available between Dawson City and Eagle on the Yukon River.
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- Cargo Barge
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