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North Pole in Fairbanks North Star Borough, Alaska — Northwest
 

"The North Pole"

 
 
The "North Pole" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 27, 2012
1. The "North Pole" Marker
Inscription.  This pole is one of two poles manufactured in 1951 as part of a campaign to properly mark the top of the Earth. After a grand tour of the United States, its twin was pushed out of the tail hatch of an Alaska Airlines DC-4 over the geographic North Pole on the arctic night of December 11th. After being rediscovered in 1972 (in an old junkyard), this pole has been prominently displayed in its current location since the dedication of the park on July 4th, 1976, by the North Pole Jaycees.
 
Erected 1976 by North Pole, Alaska Jaycees.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Places.
 
Location. 64° 45.07′ N, 147° 20.671′ W. Marker is in North Pole, Alaska, in Fairbanks North Star Borough. Marker is on East 5th Avenue 0.1 miles east of Davis Boulevard, on the left when traveling east. The "North Pole" and marker are located in front of the Fairbanks North Star Borough 5th Avenue Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 275 E 5th Ave, North Pole AK 99705, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
More about this marker. You can see these handwritten details welded onto the surface of the pole: "North Pole by Stan, Estelle, N.C. Machine Shop". There is also other, less legible writing on the pole, and the name "Bob".
 
Also see . . .
1. The City of North Pole, Alaska. (Submitted on August 30, 2012, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. North Pole Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber of Commerce offers a postmark from North Pole which can be copied and pasted to use on Holiday cards and crafts. (Submitted on August 30, 2012.) 

3. The Story Behind The North "Pole"
The "North Pole" close-up image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 27, 2012
2. The "North Pole" close-up
. There is a lot more to the story of the Pole Marker! My mother, Western entertainer Carolina Cotton, was part of the project in 1951 to place a "pole" at the real North Pole. You can find out much more on her official website. (Submitted on December 14, 2015, by Sharon Marie of Bakersfield, California.) 
 
The "North Pole" image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 27, 2012
3. The "North Pole"
You can see Fairbanks North Star Borough 5th Avenue Park in the background.
The "North Pole" image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 27, 2012
4. The "North Pole"
United States & Alaska flags waving in the breeze.
Welcome to "North Pole" image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 27, 2012
5. Welcome to "North Pole"
United States Post Office, North Pole, Alaska image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 27, 2012
6. United States Post Office, North Pole, Alaska
The "North Pole" image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 27, 2012
7. The "North Pole"
40 Degrees Below Zero image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 27, 2012
8. 40 Degrees Below Zero
Inexplicably, the console outside temperature readout dropped to 40 below as we approached the North Pole. Really.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 29, 2012, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 1,394 times since then and 73 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 29, 2012, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   6. submitted on April 3, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   7. submitted on August 29, 2012, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   8. submitted on August 30, 2012, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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