Ice Breakup In Fairbanks, Alaska

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Vintage photo, Cushman Street bridge and Ice Breakup, Fairbanks, AK. Circa 1920s – 1940s.

Price:  $7.00          Size:  3 and 1/2 x 2 and 1/2″

You can see the spire of Immaculate Conception Church that, from this angle, is appearing behind Samson’s Hardware store. The church, built in 1905, is listed on the National Registry of Historic Sites and was originally located on the other side of the river. It was hauled over the ice on skids (logs or planks) to its present location in 1911 so it would be close to the hospital that had been built a few years prior. And that’s the Cushman Street bridge, built in 1917, that is spanning the Chena River. Samson’s, in business since the Gold Rush days (now Sampson’s True Value) relocated in 2010 about a mile and a half west of the site it occupies above. Here’s an image from Alaska’s Digital Archives showing a somewhat similar view of the store (note the long windows) as well as partial views of the church spire and bridge.

Sources:  “Fairbanks – Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.” Diocese of Fairbanks. Missionaries in the last frontier. (Web accessed August 12, 2016.)

Cole, Dermot. “Historic Samson Hardware celebrates grand opening at new store.”, May 22, 2010. (Web accessed August 12, 2016.)

Photo of “Sled dog team on Chena River in Fairbanks.” Alaska’s Digital Archives. (Web accessed August 12, 2016.)

2 thoughts on “Ice Breakup In Fairbanks, Alaska

  1. I have an oil painting done by Durand in the 1980s of the 1903 ice breakup in Fairbanks. Would it be of value to get it back to Fairbanks? We now live in Washington state.

  2. Thanks for your comment, Kathy. If you have a chance, let us know any other details you might have about the painting. Is there a first name or initial for the artist? I was curious and looked to see if I could find the painting online but didn’t come up with anything. Whether your painting is of historical interest to the city of Fairbanks is a good question. A general web search under “Fairbanks AK historical societies” brings up plenty of leads you could follow, to try to find out. In any case, it sounds like a cool painting (no pun intended!)

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