Fairbanks, AK

points of interest:

Founded on the banks of the Chena River in 1901, not far from the confluence with the Tanana River, Fairbanks is a classic river town. Steamboat traffic was heavy in the early days and steamboats were the only comfortable means of transportation for decades.

Today Fairbanks is a booming tourism city - northern lights can bee seen here frequently and the area is great for outdoor activity. Also, Fairbanks still gains from the gold industry featuring the largest gold mine of the US, the Ft. Know Gold Mine.

The main attraction for steamboat fans in Fairbanks is the S.S. Nenana, a historic paddlewheeler, now restored and serving as a land-based museum.

Though not a historic boat, the steamboat tourist might enjoy a cruise on the Riverboat Discovery, a beautiful replica of a paddlewheeler.

Check the Festival Fairbanks website for more details about Fairbanks' general history.


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