Saturday, July 20, 2019

Golden Spike Reenactment

I flew back into Fairbanks this afternoon and we headed to Pioneer Park aka Alaskaland. They were having a reenactment of driving the golden spike for the Tanana Mine Railroad, a narrow-gauge railroad serving the Tanana Valley. Engine No. 1 has been completely restored and is the original steam engine for the railroad. The "golden spike" was made of brass and kind of slipped into a prepared hole in the wooden tie.

This reenactment was part of Golden Days here in Fairbanks which celebrated the towns mining background. This old car has been in the parade for as long as I've lived in Fairbanks. It smokes and stalls its way along the parade route but always starts and runs when needed. I didn't attend the parade as I was still sitting in the airport around that time.

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