Fairbanks

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Quick Facts
  • Location: 64 ° 50' 16" N, 147 ° 42' 59" W
  • Region: Fairbanks North Star
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  • Elevation: 440 ft (134.11 m)

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Getting There
Fairbanks host an international airport so it is easily accessible.

The Alaska Highway merges with the Richardson Highway to bring people directly to Fairbanks if they don't turn south. From Anchorage the Parks Highway runs north past Denali and up to Fairbanks.

About
On the Chena River, Tanana Low.
Fairbanks, "The Golden Heart City", is the second largest city in Alaska, largest in interior Alaska. It sits just over 100miles south of the arctic circle. Fairbanks itself is relatively flat with hills and domes to it's north. The hiking trails are at least a half hour outside of Fairbanks and there are only a handful of them, rock climbing if not on a man-made wall is about 45 mins away. It's great for bicycling with many walk and biking paths, many paved trails too, the ones along Farmers Loop and UAF are usually good enough to longboard.

It has nice museums and parks, and has done a good job of preserving and displaying history for the public.

The best things about Fairbanks are the good northern lights viewing just outside of the city, the extreme cold, and it's aviation access to so many remote places in the interior.

The temperature in Fairbanks can span 170° between winter and summer. Winters in Fairbanks usually start in mid October and last to mid April.

History
Founded in 1901 when a trading post was established here by E. T. Barnette, First called "Barnettes Cache," the name was changed in 1902 to honor Charles Warren Fairbanks, 1852-1918, Senator from Indiana and later Vice President of the United States under Theodore Roosevelt. The town began as the supply center for the mining region to its north after gold was discovered by Felix Pedro in 1902, and has since become the commercial and transportation hub of north and central Alaska. Its population was 3,541 in 1910, 1,555 in 1920, 3,455 in 1939, and 5,771 in 1950. The Fairbanks post office was established in 1903.

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