Category: Fairbanks history

Tall caches were once common in Alaska

Tall cache that used to stand at Pioneer Park in Fairbanks In modern Alaska, elevated storage caches (sometimes called fish or bear caches) typically consist of small rustic log cabins built atop four canted...

College Station and the Toonerville Trolley

  College Station in the mid-1920s. The four miles between the University of Alaska and downtown Fairbanks offers little impediment to modern travelers. However, when the university’s predecessor, the Alaska College of Agriculture and...

Pioneer Home residents entusiastic about history

  I gave a presentation at the Pioneer Home yesterday afternoon and had so much fun. I showed a bunch of my drawings and talked about historic resources in the Fairbanks area. Many of...

Fate of Fairbanks’ historic Masonic Temple in limbo

One of the iconic buildings along the Fairbanks riverfront is the old Masonic Temple at 809 First Ave. Fraternal organizations were extremely popular in Alaska’s fledgling towns. The Arctic Brotherhood, Eagles, Elks, Freemasons, Moose,...

SS Nenana – The last steamboat to Fairbanks

SS Nenana – The last steamboat to Fairbanks

  SS Nenana along the Lower Yukon River during the 1940s (originally posted on 9-11-2012 – revised on 4-30-2018) The SS Nenana has been one of the premier attractions at Pioneer Park in Fairbanks....