Alaska Gold Rush History & Genealogy

AKA Weare & Fort Gibbon

Located on the Yukon River near where the Tanana River enters the Yukon. In the late 1800s and early 1900s this area was commonly know as Weare. Site of an important trading post operated by N.A.T. and T. Co.

1909 Alaska Almanac ~ Tanana is on the banks of the Yukon opposite the mouth of the Tanana River. Ascending the river Fort Gibbon is the first place reached next Weare then Tanana and then St James's Episcopal Mission. The distance from Fort Gibbon to St James's Mission is about three miles. Fort Gibbon Weare and Tanana are really one community. Since the discovery of gold at Fairbanks and the development of the Tanana gold fields the town of Tanana has become a place of some importance. Several large companies have stores and warehouses here and there is also a number of hotels restaurants and saloons. The population including Fort Gibbon is about 400 Most of the freight for the Tanana River points is reshipped at Tanana as it is impracticable for the large Yukon River steamers to ascend the Tanana River.

 

 

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