Fun Facts About Fairbanks, AK
The founding of Fairbanks can be traced to August 26, 1901, when E.T. Barnette created a temporary trading post on the banks of the Chena River.
In November 1903, the area’s residents voted to incorporate the city of Fairbanks. Barnette became the city’s first mayor.
The city was named in honor of Sen. Charles W. Fairbanks of Indiana, who would become the 26th Vice President of the United States from 1905 to 1909 under President Theodore Roosevelt.
By World War I, the easy-to-reach gold was exhausted, and Fairbanks’ population plunged as miners were drafted for the war effort, or moved elsewhere in Alaska to more promising goldfields.
Aided by President Roosevelt fixing the price of gold at $35/ounce in 1933, Fairbanks grew during the 1930s and was insulated from the Great Depression.
Today, nearly half of Fairbank’s population is made up of military personnel.
Parking lots in Fairbanks offer electric outlets for plugging in vehicles’ engine block heaters so they will start in cold weather.