Frontpage Photos

Copyright 2018, Pioneer Memorial Park, Inc. Photos courtesy of Pioneer Museum, Fairbanks.

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Seppala's Siberian Dog Team

Postcard photo of Leonhard Seppala's Siberian Dog Team in the Alaskan wilderness.

Leonhard Seppala was born in 1877 in Norway and arrived in Nome, Alaska in 1900. He was a renown dog sledder, playing a major role in the emergency Diptheria serum run of 1925, and earning a silver medal in the 1932 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, NY. The serum run was known as the "Great Race of Mercy" and today, it is commemorated annually with the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. He died in 1967 in Seattle, WA, and is buried, along with his wife, in Nome, Alaska. Seppala was a member of Men's Igloo No. 4.


One of Fairbanks' Water Works

Water Wagon on skis. During the winter months, having fresh water required a delivery service on skis. On the side of this wagon, it reads, "The Blue Crystal Water Co. No Limit" and if you look closely, you can see the "water pails" hanging on the back of the wagon are Hills Brothers coffee cans.

N.C. Co.'s Flag Ship

The Northern Commercial Company's (N.C.Co.) flag ship "Tanana". During her heyday at the turn of the 20th century, she was a very fast boat, holding the early record from Dawson to Fairbanks on the Yukon and Tanana Rivers.

Carl Ben Eielson

Pilot Ben Eielson leans against the landing wheel of a custom-built Fokker plane designed for Capt. Sir G. Hubert Wilkins' Detroit Arctic Expedition of 1926. Eielson was a well-known Alaska bush pilot, teacher, and explorer. A member of the Pioneers of Alaska Fairbanks, he was born in North Dakota in 1897, and died in 1929, while attempting a rescue flight out of Siberia. The Eielson Building at the University of Alaska Fairbanks; Mount Eielson, northeast of Denali (Mount McKinley) in Denali National Park and Preserve; and Eielson Air Force Base are named in his honor.

Elliot's Chariot

Pilot Grant Elliot's wedding taxi, "0ld Jerry" at Weeks Field, 1930. The auto was the first in Fairbanks. It was decorated by the mechanics at Alaskan Airways, Inc. and temporarily renamed "Elliot's Chariot" for the occasion. Grant Elliot added his own mark by drawing the heart and arrow.