Category: Washington-Alaska Military Cable and Telegraph System

Old Caterpillar tractor from Manley still puttering along

In 1929, C.W. Cash, a sales representative for Northern Commercial Company, traveled through Interior Alaska visiting prospective customers. While at Manley Hot Springs, a small isolated community along the Tanana River, he met with...

Chistochina area has brief but rich gold rush history

This historic cabin is one of the few remnants of the Chistochiona Trading Post, which burned down in 1999 Gold was discovered along the Chistochina River in late 1898 by argonauts originally headed for...

Manley Roadhouse – Serving hospitality since 1903

Manley Roadhouse as it looked in 1994 John Karshner was prospecting for gold when he stumbled across a hot springs in the hills just north of a small Tanana River tributary in 1902. Karshner...

Paxson — a tale of two roadhouses

The remains of the second Paxson’s Roadhouse as it looked in early spring 2013 The tumbled-down building in the drawing, located about three miles south of Isabelle Pass along the Richardson Highway, is the...

WAMCATS linked Fairbanks to the rest of the world

McCarty telegraph station at Big Delta State Historical Park When I started reading early editions of Fairbanks newspapers certain things piqued my interest. For instance, some issues from the 1910s printed announcements for goods...