Fairbanks, Alaska

Fairbanks is located in Central Alaska (a region in Alaska) and is the third largest city in the U.S. state of Alaska. Fairbanks is a small town and you can easily bike around in the town and there are lots of bike paths. The oldest colleges in Alaska is the "University of Alaska Fairbanks", in Fairbanks. In Fairbanks, you will find a botanical garden, a museum featuring Alaska Native arts, and an animal research station with plenty of muskox and reindeer to view.

To See And To Do In Fairbanks

  • Chena Hot Springs
  • The Fairbanks City Tour
  • Creamer's Field
  • Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum
  • University of Alaska Museum
  • The Riverboat Discovery
  • Dog Sledding and Mushing Experience
  • Fishing
  • Pioneer Park
  • Aurora Ice Museum

History Of Fairbanks - Timeline

Long before the first white people came to Fairbanks, the Athabascan Indians lived in the area. In August 1901, captain Elbridge Truman Barnette from Ohio founded Fairbanks. Barnette's brother-in-law, James W. Hill, provided the town with electricity, drinking water, and steam heat, and the town expanded quickly.

In 1902, Felix Pedro made the first major discovery of gold northeast of Fairbanks. The discovery drew large numbers of people to the area, and led to the establishment of Fairbanks as a major community in the state. Gold production increased from $40,000 in 1903 to $6 million in 1905, and to $9.5 million in 1909. Barnette opened the town's first bank on September 9, 1904. Also in 1904, the Immaculate Conception Church was built. In 1905, the railroad reached the city. In 1906, the St. Joseph's Hospital opened. In 1909, the George C. Thomas Memorial Library was built.

In 1911, the slogan "Fairbanks, Alaska's Golden Heart" was created. The slogan remains the city's motto also today. In 1916, the Mary Lee Davis House was completed. In 1935, the Old City Hall, today's Fairbanks Distilling Company, was built. In 1939, the Lacey Street Theatre building was built (Fairbanks Ice Museum). In 1940, the city had its first paved road.

In July 1967, Fairbanks received 3.34 inches (8.5 cm) of rain. It is one of the worst disasters in Fairbanks history. The rain had a massive effect on Fairbanks. Downtown Fairbanks was inundated by floodwaters from the Chena River and four people were killed, and the damage ran into the hundreds of millions of dollars. In 1990, the Carlson Center arena opened