Prospect Creek


Prospect Creek


Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area

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Latitude / Longitude:

66°48′48″N 150°38′38″W / 66.81333°N 150.64389°W / 66.81333


014 ft (309 m)

Time Zone:

Alaska (AKST) (UTC-9)


Prospect Creek is a very small settlement approximately 180 miles (290 km) north of present-day Fairbanks and 25 miles (40 km) southeast of present-day Bettles, Alaska. Years ago it was home to numerous mining expeditions and the camp for the building of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS). Today, it is the location of Pump Station 5 (Jim River Station) of the TAPS. Prospect Creek is also home to the United States record for lowest temperature.


There was little left afterward other than an airstrip (Prospect Creek(PPC)(PARP) 1095′ MSL) and a large gravel pad.





Current Status:



A camp was set up near Prospect Creek in 1974 to help house some of the 27,000 people working on the construction of the TAPS and serve Pump Station 5. The camp contained little more than housing and washrooms. After the TAPS was completed in 1977 the camp was broken down and abandoned.