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Alaska’s Birthday Party

Alaska was purchased from Russia on March 30, 1867, but the transfer didn't occur until October 18, 1867, to much pomp, circumstance and slight mishap. Today, Alaskans celebrate both the…
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Sparring Pioneers

In 1931, Men's Igloo No. 4 had a series of meetings followed by programs of sports exhibitions. These sporting events were a part of Igloo No. 4's meetings off and…
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Wooly Relief

After World War II, modern manufacturing and technology changed how folks dressed in Fairbanks. Old fashioned wool underwear was replaced with a fancy new textile product called Millium which was…
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An Eye-popping Ailment

At the turn of the 20th century, men with various physical ailments sought treatment at one of the several hot springs in Alaska. The following story was told by Si…
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Auto Adventures

In early August of 1908, the first automobile arrived in Fairbanks. It was a 50hp Pope Toledo touring car purchased by Dave Laiti. The following is an account of one…
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Concrete News

The use of cement in Fairbanks prior to 1920 was practically nonexistent in our fair city except for the small amount used in building bank vaults or other very small…
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Cabbage Patch War

At harvest time in 1910, a dispute erupted on Third Ave. over a cabbage patch. While we may find that humorous today, in those days harvesting your cabbage and having…
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A River Of Gold

In 1959, Alaska became the 49th state. Fairbanks had a huge celebration with all the usual events expected for such an occasion, including one that was a bit unusual: Fairbanks…
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A Fair Wedding

The first annual fair of the Tanana Valley Fair Association was held September 11 - 13, 1924. One featured event was the "Fair Wedding" which was to encourage marriage to…
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Doggone Trouble

Dogs have been a part of the population of the Tanana Valley since before the founding of Fairbanks. In 1902, Felix Pedro had two dogs, Joy and Dandy, when he…
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