Northernmost truck stop open for business all winter

Posted: Tuesday, November 06, 2001

BARROW (AP) -- Winter can't keep the nation's northernmost truck stop down.

The Coldfoot Truck Stop will be open for business all winter, manager Linda Stanford said. And it will be open longer hours.

The truck stop, located off the Dalton Highway, is 60 miles north of the Arctic Circle and 240 miles south of Prudhoe Bay.

Stanford said the truck stop kitchen will be open from 5 a.m. to midnight, three hours longer a day than it was last winter. The rest of the facility will be open 24 hours a day.

Two winters ago, Coldfoot virtually shut down, with only limited service about eight hours a day.

Stanford said this year's tourism season was good, and she anticipates a busy winter.

''We expect about as much truck traffic as last year,'' she said, ''And we are working to develop more winter tourism, both for independent travelers and package tours.''

Winter is coming quickly to Coldfoot, Stanford said. But the Dalton Highway is in good shape.

The colder months occasionally bring stranded motorists into the truck stop, where they can stay warm while Stanford and other workers help them make arrangements for car repairs.

''The primary concern in winter is people,'' she said. ''Well go pick the person up and then deal with their vehicle later. With the truckers and the rest of the folks on the road, it is a given that no one is left stranded.''

Another constant at Coldfoot is the truckers' favorite breakfast: two biscuits covered with gravy, hash browns, eggs any way they want them.

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