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Category: History

Taking a Joy Ride

For many years, auto theft was considered a minor offense in Alaska, and you might be surprised to know how recent that was. This meant that car thieves never received…
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Roadhouse Resort Grand Opening

In 1958, the "new" Paxson Lodge opened its doors for business. Sadly, this Richardson Highway icon closed in December 2013. The following article is about the opening of the new…
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Hitchhiking Grandma

Over the years, Fairbanks has attracted visitors and they have arrived in every way imaginable. In the summer of 1951, a tourist arrived with an incredible travel story. Fairbanks Daily…
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Birth of a University

Many think the origin of the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) goes back to 1917, when the Alaska Agricultural College and School of Mines was first opened. But in 1906,…
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Baseball Booster

In 1915, a big event was held in Fairbanks to raise money to upgrade the baseball field that was then was located in the area between where the Rabinowitz Courthouse…
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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…
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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…
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“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…
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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…
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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…
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