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Faribanks in Fairbanks North Star Borough, Alaska — The American West (Northwest)
 

Cushman Street

 
 
Cuchman Street Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, July 27, 2010
1. Cuchman Street Marker
Inscription. “Instead of row after row of empty houses (Dawson), they are building new stores. The place is alive and busy-a little too crowded when we got there.” – a tourist in Fairbanks, 1928
 
Location. 64° 50.53′ N, 147° 43.223′ W. Marker is in Faribanks, Alaska, in Fairbanks North Star Borough. Marker is on Cushman Street near 4th Avenue. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 430 Cushman Street, Fairbanks AK 99701, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. "The Line" (here, next to this marker); Fairbanks Public Schools (a few steps from this marker); Lacey Street Theater (1939) (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Barnette's Landing (about 700 feet away); Suter House (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Founding of Fairbanks (approx. 0.2 miles away); Wickersham Cabin (approx. 0.2 miles away); Clay Street Cemetery (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Faribanks.
 
More about this marker. This marker is attached to a triangular shaped support with two other markers. The other markers are entitled “The Line” and Fairbanks Public Schools.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Downtown Fairbanks Walking Tour - Cushman Street Bridge
Detail from the marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, July 27, 2010
2. Detail from the marker
The corner of Cushman and Second Avenue in 1903. Both streets were little more than muddy trails.
. (Submitted on September 20, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
2. The Downtown Fairbanks Walking Tour - Key Bank of Alaska. (Submitted on September 20, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
3. The Downtown Fairbanks Walking Tour - Courthouse Square. (Submitted on September 20, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
 
Categories. Bridges & ViaductsRoads & Vehicles
 
Cleary Creek miners arriving in Fairbanks with 1400 lbs. gold dust. May 20th 09 image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, July 27, 2010
3. Cleary Creek miners arriving in Fairbanks with 1400 lbs. gold dust. May 20th 09
A packtrain crosses the Chena River at Tuner Street in 1909. Crossing the Chena River required a ferry until a wooden bridge was built. Each year the bridge had to be taken down before spring break-up, or the swollen river and ice floes would sweep the bridge away as if it were made of matchsticks. For several years the rebuilt bridge crossing alternated between Cushman Street and Turner Street.
Detail from the marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, July 27, 2010
4. Detail from the marker
By the early 1920s only 1,155 residents made their home in the once-booming gold camp. Cushman Street appeared a tranquil lane with only the steel bridge hinting at new growth.
Detail from the marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, July 27, 2010
5. Detail from the marker
Cushman Street businesses in the 1940s catered to Fairbanks growing population. Shops like The Sportsman sold a wide selection of hunting paraphernalia, while Gordon’s carried the latest in ladies’ fashion.
Detail from the marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, July 27, 2010
6. Detail from the marker
Muddy with melting snow and ice, North Cushman Street ended abruptly at the depot of the Alaska Railroad just a few yards behind the camera in the scene below. On nearby Driveway Street, engine number 1 of the Alaska Railroad can be seen. The engine was later moved to a historical park off Airport Road.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 448 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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