The History of
Fairbanks North Star Borough

The Fairbanks North Star Borough is located in the heart of Interior Alaska, and is the second-largest population center in the state. It is based in Fairbanks, which lies 45 minutes by air from Anchorage and 3 hours from Seattle. It lies at approximately 64 50' N Latitude, 147 43' W Longitude . The community is located in the Fairbanks Recording District. The area encompasses 7,362 sq. miles of land and 81 sq. miles of water.

Koyukon Athabascans have lived in this area for thousands of years. Fairbanks developed when the Chena steamboat landing brought many non-Natives to Fairbanks during the Pedro Dome gold rush. The population of the area continued to increase after construction of the Alcan Highway and the Trans-Alaska oil pipeline.

To the official Fairbanks North Star Borough Web site.


To Community Histories Index Alaska DCCED Community Database Online


History and map graphic used with permission from the Alaska Department of Community and Economic Development