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Nenana, North Pole and Fort Yukon

NenanaThe town of Nenana is situated on the banks of the Nenana and Tanana rivers, just to the southwest of Fairbanks. The town’s name derives from its location at the confluence of the two rivers: Nenana is the Athabascan Indian word for “point of camping between two rivers.”Nenana’s principal attraction is the meticulously restored St Marks Mission Church, which dates from 1905 and which still has its its original, handcarved pews and moosehide altar cloth with Athabascan beadwork. Also of interest in Nenana is its historic railroad depot, now on the National Register of Historic Places.North PoleNorth Pole is Santa’s hangout, where the Christmas spirit lives on. Seriously, though, it is the other community close to Fairbanks, just to the southeast of it. But now you know that there is a North Pole where people live and work, quite close to the Arctic Circle.Points of interest here are the Trans-Alaska Pipeline system and a mineral hot springs located just out from the periphery of town.Fort YukonIf you have the time and motivation, try to also visit this outpost on the Arctic Circle, located in the other direction from Fairbanks - to the northeast. Here you can experience all the trappings of one of the largest Athabascan Indian villages in Alaska, situated on the Yukon River. There is also a museum of interest here, the Dinji Zhuu Enjit Museum, devoted to Athabascan beadwork and other native artifacts.

Last updated June 7, 2008
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