Alaska Gold Rush History & Genealogy

Nenana is located in Interior Alaska, 55 road miles southwest of Fairbanks. Nenana is located at mile 412 of the Alaska Railroad, on the south bank of the Tanana River, just east of the mouth of the Nenana River. At 64° 34' N Latitude, 149° 05' W Longitude (Sec. 14, T004S, R008W, Fairbanks Meridian). In the Nenana Recording District.

The discovery of gold in Fairbanks in 1902 brought intense activity to the region. A trading post/roadhouse was constructed by Jim Duke in 1903, to supply river travelers and trade with Indians. St. Mark's Episcopal mission and school was built upriver in 1905. Native children from other communities, such as Minto, attended school in Nenana. A post office opened in 1908. By 1909, there were about 12,000 residents in the Fairbanks area, most drawn by gold mining activities. Nenana was the site of a telegraph stations in 1909. In 1915, construction of the Alaska Railroad doubled Nenana's population.



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