Finally we have a day to explore Fairbanks. We, the Colorado Traveling Ducks, have spent too much time doing business with the humans. But now, they say we have a day to explore a little of Fairbanks. Originally the Alaska Highway, or Alcan (Alaska Canadian) Highway ended in Fairbanks. This milepost marks the former end of the highway.
The highway was built after Pearl Harbor Naval Base in Hawaii was bombed on December 7, 1941, by Japan. That action brought the United States into World War II. Hawaii was a territory then, as was Alaska. We realized that Alaska was also vulnerable to attack, with no means to get military help to Alaska. Canada and the United States decided to build a road for military access. This helped the US and also Canada. They also needed a road to their Yukon Territory. As you know, now the official end of the road is in Delta Junction, with a choice of continuing to either Fairbanks or Anchorage. Near this milepost is the Yukon Quest museum and shop.
The Yukon Quest is a winter dog sled race between Fairbanks, Alaska and Whitehorse, Canadian Yukon Territory. This was an interesting place to visit. The humans each bought shirts and other small souvenirs. Also nearby is Golden Heart Plaza.
This is a great place to learn about some Alaskan people and also to rest and relax. Fairbanks is called the Golden Heart of Alaska. This statue is surrounded by informational plaques.
We enjoyed stopping here. Everything is on the banks of the Chena River, which runs through Fairbanks. Here we see the Interior Alaska Antler Arch.
This is the world’s farthest north Antler Arch. The arch has 2 concrete columns and a steel beam to hold the antlers. There are over 100 moose and caribou antlers from all over the interior of Alaska. Next we visited the Great Alaskan Bowl Company.
They specialize is bowls made of Alaskan birch.
But there are many other Alaskan souvenirs here also.
Visitors can look through a huge glass wall and craftsmen at work. The Great Alaskan Bowl Company should be a stop during your time in Fairbanks. We bought one bowl, made from Alaskan birch.
We love it. Also the humans purchasesd Alaskan jams, oils and other small gifts and souvenirs. The photos of the Great Alaskan Bowl Company are their photos. We took them from their website. We then met our Alaskan relatives at Brewster’s downtown restaurant, and had a great dinner and excellent conversation. Mom loves Brewster’s.
She always orders halibut. And it is delicious. We had a wonderful day in Fairbanks. Remember we were there in early May, so many attractions were not yet open. The Riverboat Discovery was opening the weekend after we left.
We did ride on this paddleboat last year. Another great thing to do in Fairbanks. Pioneer Park has a large salmon bake during the summer, but they had not yet opened. They have nice stores with local products there, also. Another place to visit in Fairbanks is the Ice Museum. Mom was there years ago. There are incredible ice sclptures inside. A really cold place, but worth a visit. Also not yet opened. When you visit Fairbanks, we hope you see many of these attractions. Enjoy some truly Alaskan experiences.