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List of articles in the Fairbanks Daily News Miner web
site. (About the Coal Bunkers)
of service for the time being.)
Aladdin Coal Tipple is a wooden structure on the side of a hill near
an old coal mine entrance. The structure was used to sort and load coal
in the early 1900's. It is located in the northeast corner of Wyoming.
It is 1.2 miles east of Aladdin, Wyoming.
It is now a tourist attraction and
is on the National Historic Register. It is one of the last historic wooden
coal tipples left in the west.
Tipple at Chama, New Mexico was built in 1924. A rare and majestic
structure, its use of giant timbers and planks is similar to that of the
Fairbanks Coal Bunkers. (The Fairbanks Coal Bunkers, however, had
a much greater coal capacity - The Chama tipple only held 75 tons.)
The Chama tipple towers nearly 60 feet above the historic
railroad yard complex. The complex is part of the Cumbres
& Toltec Scenic Railroad, which is owned by the states of New Mexico
and Colorado. Coal fired, steam locomotives pull passenger cars along
a wonderful 64 mile tour, through the mountains.
coal tipple in southwest Wyoming was built from steel and concrete
in 1936. It is now a museum display, and is owned by the Sweetwater County
Historical Museum. When the "ultra-modern" steel tipple was built in 1936,
the original wooden tipple at the same site, was dismantled, though its
sandstone foundation still remains.
Coal Mine in Scranton, Pennsylvania, is open to the public for underground
tours. Near the entrance of the coal mine is a steel coal tipple. Adjacent
to the mine, is the Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum. This
is all located at the 200 acre McDade Park, which features picnic and swimming
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Valley Railroad with its 3 foot narrow-gauge track was in the Fairbanks
area before the Alaska Railroad standard gauge track arrived in 1923. The
narrow gauge railroad started operating in 1905. In that year, "Engine
No. 1" became the first steam locomotive in interior Alaska. The
Friends of the Tanana Valley Railroad have restored Engine No. 1 to full
working order, at Alaskaland. It has a coal fired boiler.
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Gold Dredge is an enormous and awe inspiring machine. It was built
in 1927 and operated until 1963. It had slowly worked and floated its way
across the countryside. It now rests in a scenic setting, 28 miles north
of Fairbanks on the Steese Highway.
The Society of
Industrial Archeology is made up of over 1600 members, world-wide.
They are interested in preserving and documenting some of the interesting
structures and machines from our industrial past. The Fairbanks Coal Bunkers
was mentioned in 2 of the quarterly SIA newsletters (Spring
1997, Winter 1997)
Historical Preservation Foundation worked on restoring the magnificent
river boat "Nenana". Specifications: wood construction, steam powered sternwheeler,
237 feet long, 1028 tons gross weight. This steamer has overnight passenger
cabins, and is reportedly the last of its type existing in the U.S.
Museum at Alaskaland Pioneer Park (also Borough
site for Air Museum). (**Link Added
Feb. 28, 2002)
Borealis and other Fairbanks photos (from a local bed and breakfast
web site). (**Link Added Feb.
sites of interest in Alaska (a web site for tourists). (**Link
Added Feb. 28, 02)