July 2 2006

Tanana Chief Riverboat

Here is a shot of the wheelhouse of the Tanana Chief Riverboat, it’s a sternwheeler that runs up and down the Chena River. The story of how Fairbanks was founded is due to a mistake by a captain of a steamboat thinking this was a shortcut up the Tanana river. It was carrying the goods & supplies for the miners, and when he realized his mistake, they off loaded the goods and the miners started coming out of the hills north of town. They made the trading post right there and Fairbanks was born.

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