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Category: History

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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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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