SEARCH

Category: History

Canned Piano

Think Amazon’s mail order is something new? They ship all kinds of crazy things to Alaska and we are amazed they can do that. We also marvel at the packaging—or…
Read More

Bone Dry Mayhem

In 1925, Alaska was under the “Bone Dry” law which was a very strict version of Prohibition. The federal agent in charge of busting producers of alcohol in Fairbanks was…
Read More

“Killer Mosquito” Lawmakers

Alaskans think things are bad in Juneau (our state capitol) today, but special sessions and fierce disagreements are nothing new. The following newspaper article from Sitka gives an entertaining account…
Read More

Taxing News

The 16th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States was ratified in October 1913, giving Congress the right to enact an income tax. They then promptly passed the Revenue…
Read More

Purple Legged Women

During the 1970s, the Trans-Alaska Oil Pipeline was under construction, making Fairbanks a boomtown along with all the seedier trappings of the early gold rush days. In 1975, one very…
Read More

Hollywood to Fairbanks

In the 1930s, the movie King Kong hit the theatres and was one of the biggest blockbusters of all time. The following local movie review written by Don Adler shows…
Read More

Seward’s Folly

The first Seward’s Day celebration in Fairbanks occurred during the last few days of March in 1917. The day was designated a holiday by the Territorial Legislature at the urging…
Read More

Lurking Hulk

In May of 1906, most of the Fairbanks business district upstream from the Turner Street bridge went up in flames. In addition to the burning buildings, a steamer tied up…
Read More

Yukon Plinking

Oh, the good old days! You know—the days when folks travelled by river steamer along the Yukon. The churning of the big red paddlewheel, sitting on the deck and watching…
Read More

Life in the Pen

In the old territorial days, felonies committed in the Tanana Valley were federal crimes and those convicted were sent outside to McNeil’s Island Federal Penitentiary in Washington state to serve…
Read More