1. A town in Alaska that can be reached by road only from Canada. Although Hyder is in Alaska, the only road access is from Canada. Therefore, there is no access to any other place in Alaska except by air.
- No need for a passport. There is no customs checkpoint and no need for a passport. This must be the only place where you can enter the United States without identification. The reason being, is that once you are in Hyder Alaska, there is no place else to go except back to Canada. (You will need a passport or Canadian ID to get back into Canada).
- You need a passport for travel within Alaska. You don’t need a passport to get into Hyder, but if you try to leave Hyder by air, you will need a passport to travel to another city or town in Alaska. Another anomaly. As a result, it must be the only place in the Untied States that you need a passport to travel between towns.
- Friendly Ghosts. Hyder describes itself as a friendly Ghost Town in Alaska. Although there are many abandoned buildings; there are also real people who live there.
Population includes bears as well as ghosts. Don’t be surprised if you see a bear in town. I saw three of them within town limits when I was there. This bear was seen sleeping at the edge of town. At last count, the population was 65, not counting bears or ghosts.
- Police. The town is policed by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police from nearby Steward, British Columbia. So, if you call the police, a Canadian “Mountie” will respond. It must be the only place in the Untied States where the local police are from another country.
Get Hyderized If you drink a shot of 151 proof Everclear in a local bar, you will get a certificate to prove that you have been Hyderized.
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