Alaska Travel

Posted on Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Exciting adventures abound in Alaska where visitors are taking advantage of thrilling opportunities like never before. This great wilderness provides a playground for adventurers of all levels and interests. In our readers poll, flightseeing by helicopter or float plane came in first as the favourite Alaskan adventure followed by wildlife viewing and hiking. Be thrilled by the many adventures Alaska has to offer on your next vacation.

Alaska is a place where wondrous beauty and breathtaking stillness can be overwhelming at times. Majestic, snow capped mountains rise from deep fjords, glaciers flow to the sea, the Midnight Sun gives lengthy day light while silent hemlock and cedar forests with crystal clear streams are home to abundant bird and wildlife. This pristine paradise is the perfect place to get away from it all and experience nature at its finest.

History of Fairbanks Alaska

Posted on Saturday, August 08, 2009

Before Fairbanks was founded, Koyukon Athabaskans lived, fished, and hunted in the area with the Tanana and other rivers serving as trade routes with other Athabaskans and Eskimos. By the early 1900s, gold rush prospectors were spreading out into Alaska in search of gold. The discovery of gold in the nearby area led to the creation of Fairbanks. It began with a trading post started by E.T. Barnette who was forced to disembark on the shores of the Chena River in 1902. The Fairbanks Gold Rush led to the development of an established mining community and it became an important commercial center within a short time. In 1903, Fairbanks was incorporated as a city and named after a popular Senator, Charles W. Fairbanks, soon to become Vice President under Teddy Roosevelt. Eventually the gold panned out and Fairbanks settled into fifty years of modest growth marked by rail and highway construction.

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