Alaska Gold Rush History & Genealogy

(Also spelled Cheena

Chena is on the Tanana River ten miles below Fairbanks near the confluence of the Chena and Tanana rivers. It's heyday was in the first two decades of the 1900s. In 1909 it was an incorporated town of 500 inhabitants and the site of a telegraph station. By 1910 the population had fallen to 138. It was also the southern terminal of the Tanana Valley Railroad but moved its general manager's office to Fairbanks in 1915.

Businesses included two hotels, two general stores, a bakery, a laundry, and two restaurants. By 1910, Chena had a police department, a public school, churches, and a fire department. By 1915, however, the population had dropped to 50 and by 1920, the population had dropped to only 18. The town gradually faded away and today is a suburb of Fairbanks.

There was a pump station to provide water for the hydraulic mining operations on the other side of Chena Ridge, near Ester.



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