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Nenana Alaska

Nenana Alaska

Located at mile 305 of the Parks Highway, 56 miles from Fairbanks, the town of Nenana sits on the Tanana River in the Yukon-Koyukuk District. Like most towns in Alaska, Nenana got its start as a traditional gathering place for the Native Alaskan peoples. Russian traders and explorers made their way into the area in the 1800's, and the discovery of gold in Fairbanks in the early 1900's brought in even more people. The construction of the Alaska Railroad caused continued growth, and Nenana was incorporated as a city in 1921. Modern Nenana has managed to retain its village ties and the subsistence lifestyle remains strong.

Visitors to Nenana can enjoy the Alaska Railroad Museum and the Golden Railroad Spike Historic Park and Interpretive Center, as well as the historic Episcopal Church, built in 1905, and a replica of the sternwheeler Nenana. Dog mushing is a huge industry here, with many Iditarod winners calling Nenana home. Another popular event is the world famous Nenana Ice Classic, a contest in which people purchase tickets and wager the date and time the ice will break up on the Tanana River.

The town is easily accessible via road or air and has a decent array of restaurants, lodges and bed and breakfasts, as well as an RV park.

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