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Photographs of Historic Fairbanks

The two photos below are from the Waugaman Collection, and can be bought on postcards at the Community Museum. 

(They are a dime apiece or three for a quarter). Needless to say, the images are a lot clearer on the postcards!

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The top photo shows Fairbanks as it appeared in the early years. The view is from Sampson's Hardware looking across the Chena toward town. The building with the tall smokestack at the far right is the old Northern Commercial Company, where parking lots stand now.

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The bottom photo shows how the same view, from the other side of the street (behind the Immaculate Conception Church on the far right) looked in the early 1950's. The Cushman Street Bridge was later replaced with the modern, wider bridge there now. The large building with the smokestack directly behind the bridge is the Northern Commercial Company, and they took up the rest of the block to the west (right).

 

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