A Gold Rush Town That Beat the Odds

Dermot Cole

Dermot Cole

Distributed for University of Alaska Press

224 pages | 81 halftones, 3 maps | 6 x 9 | © 1999
Paper $14.95 ISBN: 9781602230309 Published November 2008
The turbulent history of Fairbanks, Alaska is far less well-known than most urban histories. With this volume, Dermot Cole chronicles the rollicking backstory of a city that owes its beginnings to a cargo boat accident and the Klondike gold rush. Cole engagingly recounts how Fairbanks and its hardy residents survived floods, fires, harsh weather, and economic crises to see the city flourish into the prosperous transportation hub and government seat it is today. Fairbanks is ultimately a fascinating historical saga of one of the last cities to be established on the American frontier.
Chapter 1 - Low Water and High Hopes
Chapter 2 - Boom Times on the Chena / Keeping Food on the Table
Chapter 3 - Golden Days in Fairbanks / Dots and Dashes
Chapter 4 - Trial by Fire / The Northern Commercial Company
Chapter 5 - Town of Robinson Crusoes / Open Door Policy / A Unique Ordinance
Chapter 6 - End of the Glory Days / Women's Suffrage and the Booze Bugler
Chapter 7 - A Ghost Town No More / Being a Good Sport / On the Silver Screen
Chapter 8 - Most Air-Minded City / Farewell to Will Rogers
Chapter 9 - Through Dust and Mud
Chapter 10 - War on the Home Front / The Wild Blue Yonder / The Famous Flock to Fairbanks / Until the Cows Come Home / The Key for Alaska's Riches
Chapter 11 - Red Star Over Fairbanks / The Long Journey of Francis Harper
Chapter 12 - The End of the Line / Winter Wonderland
Chapter 13 - A Town Transformed / Playing on the Frozen Tundra / A Bridge to the Future
Chapter 14 - Celebrating Statehood / Symphony of Sounds / New Era for Alaska Natives
Chapter 15 - A River Runs Through It / Eva McGown
Chapter 16 - The Oil Years in Alaska
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