Wednesday, December 1, 2010

December 2, 1911

Flo's Diary:

Up about 8 o'clock. Write letters. Snowed all day flakes small. Cleaned house. Went over to Heacocks downtown with Marcella. bot meat 35¢ a lb. and 2 loaves of bread 25¢. Get supper - Mr. Lewis comes over and we play cribbage. Nell and Mr. Brown go to show. Bed at midnight.

According to Wikipedia, Fairbanks' motto, "Fairbanks, Alaska's Golden Heart" was the product of a group of Fairbanks businessmen in 1911 in hopes of encouraging growth in the area. Since 1909, gold production had declined and with it Fairbanks' population. Even then the 3,500 people made Fairbanks the largest city in Alaska. It would be interesting to know how far out of "town" these 3,500 people were counted. Even today most of the population of the area lives outside the city boundaries.

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