PT. 8 (MP 627): Nugget city and the wonderful women of the ALCAN

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WATSON LAKE, Yukon Nugget City is a little stop off the highway with souvenirs, trinkets, fuel and great pies.

It’s also home to Miss July 2017.

Linda Goodwin is one of the owners of this popular roadside stop just west of Watson Lake, and she’s also one of the women featured in the Wonderful Women of the Alaska Highway calendar.

“It’s the only calendar you’ll ever buy that starts in April,” Goodwin explained, “because that’s when construction on the highway started.

The two-year calendar features pictures of women from places up and down the near 1,400 mile Alaska Highway. “I think you have to have a lot of knowledge of the Yukon,” she said, discussing how the women came to be chosen. “I’ve been here 23 years. I’ve done my share of packing water.”

Goodwin wears a big, colorful hat in the picture featured in the calendar. “You don’t expect to see a hat on the Alaska highway, right?,” she asked our KTUU Roadtrippin' crew when we stopped by for a bite to eat and to browse the gift shop.

The calendar is available at souvenir shops and roadhouses all along the highway and, of course, at Nugget City.