Welcome To Fairbanks - Alaska
Posted by: BruceS
N 64° 50.636 W 147° 43.258
6W E 465803 N 7191256
Quick Description: Welcome sign also serving as the unofficial end of the Alaska Highway in Fairbanks, Alaska.
Location: Alaska, United States
Date Posted: 3/6/2011 5:14:05 PM
Waymark Code: WMAX6J
The welcome sign is located in Golden Heart Plaza in downtown Fairbanks.
Text of sign:
Dawson Creek to Fairbanks
The Alaska Highway was built in 1942 in 8 months. The Highway stretches 1422 miles from Dawson Creek, British Columbia, to Delta Junction. The Highway was built as a military necessity and followed along a line of existing airfields, winter roads, old Indian trails and rivers. Because most of the early military traffic was bound for Fairbanks, it is often measured to this point. The Fairbanks to Valdez Trail (now the Richardson Highway) began construction in 1899 and was paved in 1957. The Alaska Highway joins the Richardson Highway in Delta Junction and continues to Fairbanks (98 miles).