Day 124 - Stewart, BC & Hyder, Alaska
Trip Start May 01, 2013
166Trip End May 01, 2014
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Bear River RV Park
So we head to Stewart/Hyder - 2 small town (one in BC the other in Alaska) that were once booming due to all the mining in the area, but now are relying on tourist trade and a few months of the Wen Mine hiring several men to work the few mines that are still in operation. Stewart is the larger of the towns. Hyder likes to call themselves "the friendliest ghost town" and it's true. Not much there.
As we are driving towards these two towns, we see three Black Bears along side of the road, and one is crossing back and forth between the two sides of the street and can't quite decide where to be
We learn that this area was the first to have the telegraph (built from1899-1901) which linked Dawson City with Vancouver until radio came in the 1930's. The route they chose was the same one that the Trappers used back in the day and if you were to go wilderness camping, you would still find some of the small structures still standing today.
We see this massive project to install very substantial and tall poles for electricity along the roadways. It has been going on for 2 years and will continue for several more, I'm sure. I can't imagine the price tag for this one, but it will be in the 10's of Millions for sure if not more. They have to be built to withstand avalanches and these look like they fit the bill.
There are 20 active Avalanche Chutes in the area and they have a howitzer up on the mountain to shoot them down when they feel they are in danger of breaking loose.
The record snowfall in Stewart/Hyder was 92 INCHES - in 1972 - it has not been broken since and I'm sure the folks there are glad of that. Stewart is surrounded by mountains and has the waterway there, so they get pounded. But, remember - their snow is powder! Ya, Right!!!
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