Hyder, Alaska - The Libertarian Enclave

The village of Hyder (population, around 60), is a tiny hamlet nestled in the Coast Mountains of the Alaskan panhandle, right across the border from Stewart, British Columbia, Canada. 

The town’s claim to fame is that is completely cut off and isolated from the rest of the state - the only road in and out is from Canada. Apart from a post office and some US Forest Service personnel, there is no American government presence or law enforcement in town. People here forge their own independent existence, off the grid. 

I’m here this week working on a feature story about life in the town, and its sister community of Stewart B.C. 

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