Fairbanks Alaska, in the heart of Interior Alaska
 
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Fairbanks Alaska

   
         
   

Discover the best of what Fairbanks has to offer. The small-town hospitality and pioneer spirit will make your stay one to remember. Fairbanks is the hub for Alaska’s Interisor and Arctic with first-class accommodations and restaurants, museums, world-renowned concerts and performances, upscale galleries and specialty stores, historic sites, Alaska Native culture, and access to the Alaskan wilderness.
In 1901 Captain E.T. Barnette disembarked from the steamship, Lavelle Young, and set up a temporary trading post on the banks of the Chena River. His temporary post became permanent when Felix Pedro discovered gold in the nearby hills the following year, sparking a stampede of miners into the Interior. Fairbanks, incorporated as a city in 1903, was named after Indiana Senator Charles Fairbanks who later became Vice President. Now, “discovery day” is commemorated in July with a celebration called Golden Days.
There is still active mining in the area and glimpses of the former bonanzas can be seen along the Steese Highway in the huge tailing piles leftover by the gold dredges. Fairbanks economy is tied to military, the petroleum industry, transportation, the University of Alaska and tourism.
Fairbanks is also the home of several world class attractions. The Riverboat Discovery is consistently rated number one in the State and Gold Dredge 8 is a visitor favorite. The University of Alaska Museum of the North is also a must see.
The newest addition to Fairbanks is the Antique Auto Museum at the Wedgewood Resort. Vintage automobiles, historical photos and period costumes as well as one of a kind cars make this an unusual opportunity to learn some Alaskan history.

Visitor Information can be found at www.explorefairbanks.com

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Fairbanks History

In 1901 Captain E.T. Barnette disembarked from the steamship, Lavelle Young, and set up a temporary trading post on the banks of the Chena River. His temporary post became permanent when Felix Pedro discovered gold in the nearby hills the following year, sparking a stampede of miners into the Interior. Fairbanks, incorporated as a city in 1903, was named after Indiana Senator Charles Fairbanks who later became vice-president. Now, “discovery day” is commemorated every July with a bang-up celebration called Golden Days.

There is still active mining in the area and glimpses of the former bonanzas can be seen along the Steese Highway in the tailing piles leftover by the  gold dredges. Fairbanks economy is tied to government, military, the petroleum  industry, transportation, the University of Alaska and tourism.

Even though the town itself is modern, you can still find plenty of that gutsy pioneer spirit. Despite the boom and bust eras of the pipeline, goldrushes and a devastating flood in 1967, Fairbanks continues to develop and prosper.

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