Sunday, February 22, 2015

Day Twelve: Tok Fairbanks and on to Cantwell

Tok Fairbanks and on to Cantwell

Looking at the Map closely this looks like one long open road with some snowcapped views off to our right all day. Fairbanks I have never visited so I am looking forward to a quick visit.
Fairbanks is the largest city in the Interior region of Alaska, and third largest in the state, after Anchorage, and Juneau. It is the principal city of the Fairbanks, Alaska, Metropolitan Statistical Area which encompasses all of the Fairbanks North Star Borough and is the northernmost Metropolitan Statistical Area in the United States, lying less than 120 miles (190 km) south of the Arctic.
 Fairbanks 1903
 Fairbanks 1955

 Fairbanks modern day

According to 2012 estimates, the population of the city was 32,070, and the population of the Fairbanks North Star Borough was 100,343
Then on to Cantwell Alaska, it will be a short ride from here to Anchorage where we will meet up with family friends and a new set of tires!
Cantwell got its start as a flag stop for the Alaska Railroad and was named for the nearby Cantwell River. It is located roughly 200 miles from Anchorage and sits just 20 miles outside of Denali National Park and Preserve. This makes it a popular base camp for people wanting to visit Denali and the surrounding areas.

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