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George C. Thomas
Memorial Library

Memorial LibraryThe George C. Thomas Memorial Library on First Avenue, dates back to the year 1909.

By that time, the reading room at St. Matthew's Church was overflowing. A Philadelphia banker and Episcopal layman named George Thomas offered to subsidize a bigger library.

According to Terrence Cole in the historical society publication "Ghosts of the Gold Rush,'' George Thomas thought that "it would be splendid if the prospectors of the far north had a place where they could enjoy their 'books and tobacco together.'''

For 68 years this was Fairbanks' only public library. In 1977 the collection was moved to the new Noel Wien Library. The Thomas Library was then used as a business property, but was recently sold to a long time Alaskan and entrepreneur, who has plans for a mining library.

We will put up more information about his plans for this historic building, as soon as we are informed.

 

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