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Coldfoot, Alaska
Truck stop in Coldfoot
Truck stop in Coldfoot
Coldfoot, Alaska is located in Alaska
Coldfoot, Alaska
Coldfoot, Alaska
Location in Alaska
Country United States
State Alaska
Census Area Yukon-Koyukuk
Area
 • Total 35.84 sq mi (92.83 km2)
 • Land 35.84 sq mi (92.83 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
1,014 ft (309 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 34
 • Density 0.95/sq mi (0.37/km2)
Time zone UTC-9 (Alaska (AKST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-8 (AKDT)
Area code(s) 907
FIPS code 02-16630
GNIS feature ID 1412829

Coldfoot is a census-designated place (CDP) in Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area in the U.S. state of Alaska. The population was 10 at the 2010 census. It is said that the name was derived from travelers getting "cold feet" about making the 240 some mile journey north to Deadhorse.

Coldfoot primarily serves as a truck stop on the Dalton Highway from Fairbanks to Prudhoe Bay. North of Coldfoot, there are no services for 240 miles (400 km), until Deadhorse. It has a restaurant and a small number of overnight accommodations (converted pipeline construction camp quarters). Bus tours along the highway typically take two days with passengers spending the night in Coldfoot. The BLM, USFWS, and NPS jointly staff a small visitor center during the summer. The Coldfoot truck stop was founded by Iditarod champion Dick Mackey who started his operation by selling hamburgers out of a converted school bus. Truckers helped build the existing truck stop and cafe. The Alaska Department of Transportation (DOT) has a camp (Maintenance Station) in Coldfoot.

The town was originally a mining camp named Slate Creek, and around 1900 got its present name when prospectors going up the nearby Middle Fork 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.

Coldfoot Airport, on the west side of the Dalton Highway, consists of a 4,000-foot (1220 m) gravel strip, used for air taxi and general aviation.

Coldfoot has been featured on Ice Road Truckers, a Canadian reality television series airing on the History Channel. The truck stop was first seen during the show's third season. The show, which dramatizes trucking on the Dalton Highway, often features truckers transporting equipment to the oil companies located in or around the Prudhoe Bay area.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 37.0 square miles (96 km2), all land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
2000 13
2010 10 −23.1%
2020 34 240.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

Coldfoot first appeared on the 2000 U.S. Census as a census-designated place.

At the 2000 census there were 13 people, six households, and one family residing in the CDP. The population density was 0.4 people per square mile (0.1/km²). There were 12 housing units at an average density of 0.3 per square mile (0.1/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 100% White. There were six households, two had children under the age of 18 living with them, two were married couples living together, and four were non-families. Three households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.17 and the average family size was 4.00.

The age distribution was three under the age of 18, one from 18 to 24, five from 25 to 44, and four from 45 to 64. The median age was 40 years. There were four females and nine males, including three females and seven males age 18 and over.

The median household income was $61,250 and the per capita income was $42,620. None of the population was living below the poverty line.

Education

The community was previously served by a school of the Yukon–Koyukuk School District.

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