This may be the strangest post on this blog so far…
The north is known for a lot of things but outhouses???? One of our 2012 guests sent us these photos taken as he journeyed through Alaska and the Yukon Territories. His pictures were so unique, we felt obliged to share them with you.
So…here you go…
We present to you: “OUTHOUSES OF THE NORTH!”
Outhouse seen on the Riverboat Discovery tour in Fairbanks, Alaska. After enjoying a cruise down the Chena and Tanana Rivers aboard the paddle wheeler Discovery, guests explore a Chena Indian Village where they will learn about native traditions and customs for making it through harsh Alaskan winters.
Outhouse on the property of the historic Braeburn Lodge – At mile 55, Klondike Highway, one hour from Whitehorse and six hours from Dawson in the Yukon Territories. The Braeburn Lodge is famous for its tasty, monster cinnamon buns, and serves as a stop on the Yukon Quest sled dog race.
Outhouse located in Chicken, Alaska (population 11). The town of Chicken was once the mining hub for the Fortymile district. In 1886, ten years before the Klondike Gold Rush, gold was discovered on Franklin Creek and the community of Chicken was founded.
As the story goes, the miners wanted to name the town ‘Ptarmigan’ after the bird which is common in the area. Unfortunately, people couldn’t agree on how to spell it! Finally they settled with the easier name of Chicken.
Outhouse located just across the Yukon Border from Alaska. Obviously this location was chosen for its extraordinary views. Who wouldn’t want to stop here? Though, the place does look a bit drafty.
Outhouse in Denali National Park along the Denali Park Road. A great little stop if you can get the bears, moose, Dall sheep, caribou and wolves out of the bathroom.
Outhouse located by the Moose Creek Lodge. One of the best-known roadhouses in the North, this lodge is located between Whitehorse and Dawson City in the Yukon Territories. Deep in the boreal forest, the Moose Creek Lodge is a haven for weary travelers as well as those looking for relief!
This outhouse is located just inside Alaska as you cross over the border from Yukon Territory. Nice view of the valley below…
The last photo isn’t actually an outhouse, although there are usable outhouses at that same pullover. It’s an old sod roof cabin and is located on the Top of the World Highway on the Canadian side of the border.
Thanks to Mike and Lyn for giving us one more thing to appreciate about the Great North! Let’s end this photo tour with a quick poem of appreciation -
Here I stand.
Edged me out!
But it will fail
Without a doubt!
Then, once again,
As in days of yore,
They'll beat a path
Straight to my door!"