Thursday, May 2, 2013

Old College depot (an example Fairbanks hidden history) torn down

Once upon a time (80 odd years ago) there was a tiny depot by the railroad tracks near what was then the Alaska Agricultural College and School of Mines (now the University of Alaska). College Road then was not the thoroughfare it is now, and the railroad was the only dependable transportation between the college and Fairbanks.

About 50 or 60 years ago the building was disposed of by the Railroad, and ended up on a residential lot off of College Road. Gradually added on to over the years, it was virtually unrecognizable as a depot. Well, time has finally done it in. The owner is tearing down the structure to put up a new home. For a brief time, you could see the original structure. Oh well, you can't save them all.

As evidence of the building's original location, there was a roofing board just to the right of the dormer window with writing indicating where the depot sign was supposed to be attached.

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