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Judge Wickersham's Courthouse Square

It was through Judge Wickersham's efforts that the first courthouse was built in downtown Fairbanks.

Courthouse You may want to read more about Judge Wickersham and the history of Fairbanks.

This photo is from the Driscoll Collection,
courtesy of the UAF Archives.

The building contains the still working, very first elevator in Fairbanks. The complete collection of portraits in Jean Lester's first published volume, Faces of Alaska: A Glimpse of History Through Paintings, Photographs and Oral History  is on permanent public display in the building, now called Courthouse Square.

The building still bears the label "Post Office" which confuses visitors. The new post office is located behind it and one block south.

At the top of this page is what the building looked like after the original structure burned down and was replaced with concrete. At various times, it served as the City Jail, the Post Office, and as a mini-mall housing various museum displays. Today, the Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce and the Alaska Public Lands Information Center share the building with others.


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