UA Journey


The city of Fairbanks started in 1901 as a trading post by Captin E.T. Barnette. A year later, word started to spread that gold was found around Fairbanks and the gold stampede to Fairbanks began. People started to pour into Fairbanks and the city began to grow. In 1903, Fairbanks was an incorporated city and Barnette was its first mayor. In 1915 Judge James Wickersham laid a cornerstone for the future site of the Alaska Agricultural College and School of Mines, the first college in Alaska. There have been numerous people that contributed to the growth of the University of Alaska Fairbanks from the start and well into the present.

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