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Located above the Arctic Circle, on the southern slopes of the Brooks Range, Coldfoot was a classic gold-rush boomtown, flourishing in 1902 and all but deserted in 1906. That year, many of the residents moved north to Wiseman, taking some of the Coldfoot buildings with them. Coldfoot today has been mostly reclaimed by the land, with only two buildings remaining.

Coldfoot had an extraordinary second life, as well, as a construction camp for the Trans-Alaska Pipeline in the 1970s. Remaining from its second life is a truck stop, on the opposite side of the Haul Road, where surplus ATCO trailers have been turned into a hotel.

Writing Credits

Alison K. Hoagland

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