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Ode to the Cold Storage

Fresh eggs, until about 50 years ago, were a bit of a luxury in Fairbanks. There were those who kept laying hens but not nearly enough to supply the needs…
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A Rose by Another Name

Some of the historic nicknames from the gold rush and pipeline days of Fairbanks were quite flamboyant, as were the personalities they were attributed to: Fairbanks Daily News Miner September…
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Iditaroditis

The following letter tells the tough times of an Iditarod stampeder caught up in the fevered rush to get in on the next big strike -- which in the summer…
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Cold Measures

Thermometers played an important role in early day Fairbanks and Dawson City. Finding one that worked well in arctic temperatures was rare, and valuable: Fairbanks Daily Times- October 23, 1906…
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It Ain’t Cheap!

In the summer of 1904, Fairbanks was comprised of small crudely built log cabins, tents, stumps and mud. People were beginning to arrive in larger numbers and the brand new…
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Rapid Growth

The Fred Meyer shopping centers in Fairbanks are a current major source of supplies for today's residents. Remember when their first stores were built in town? Well, actually, the Fred…
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Insanity in the Air

Do you ever wistfully look back to the days when flying was easy and fun— back when we dressed up to fly because it was an occasion and passengers felt…
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Ghostly Interview

In 1952, Fairbanks was visited by the ghost of Dan McGrew. Fairbanks was being transformed from the old log cabins and wooden false front gold camp community to a modern…
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Explosive Swine

In the early days, mining was a dangerous occupation as was daily life in a mining camp. The following story comes from the old mining camp of Chatanika where there…
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A Boo-ti-ful Outfit

Halloween has always been celebrated in Fairbanks since the beginning of our camp. Today's Nugget is from 1912, and it comes with detailed instructions on how to appropriately dress for…
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