The Emmy award winning series
about a young doctor forced to start his career in a remote Alaskan town debuted in 1990 and was on air for six seasons. Yet, even though more than a decade has gone by since, the small coal-mining town of Roslyn, Washington, where the show was actually shot, continues to milk its brief TV exposure. Travelers from all over the world make pilgrimages
here. The town is loaded with references to moose (a “pensive moose” was a recurring character
in the show), stores are still stocked with memorabilia, and a mural featured in the show (pictured here) is still a must-see destination. Up until 2004, there was an annual gathering of fans in town called Moosefest
Roslyn has a tiny population of 1,000, and though it fully embraces Northern Exposure fanatics, the town has also tried to attract tourists through other means (a large golf tournament, a new 6,400 acre luxury resort). But according to the Seattle Times
, locals admit this hasn’t produced nearly as much interest as the show. So they continue to rely on the fans, who in recent years have flocked in greater numbers again thanks to the recent release of Northern Exposure DVD’s.
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