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March 2000 Henk Binnendijk

Alaska Highway milepost

Fairbanks, Alaska

This milepost in 'Golden Heart Park' proclaims the unofficial end of the Alaska Highway (Dawson
Creek, BC, Canada to Fairbanks). The official end of the Alcan is at Delta Junction.
Distances between Fairbanks and cities around the world are listed. Some distances are in 'road
miles', others are in 'air miles'.

Fairbanks' Golden Heart Park is located in the center of town on the south bank of the Chena River,
near the spot where the founder of the city, captain E.T. Barnette, first landed in 1901.
The park features the sculpture of 'The First Unknown Family'. Near the statue plaza are The
Fairbanks Convention and Visitors Bureau log cabin and two Fairbanks landmarks: a clock tower and
the unofficial 'last Alcan milepost' with distances to places like Bombay and Barrow. The idea of
the plaza stemmed from a celebration of the silver anniversary of Alaska's statehood.
Construction was competed in 1987. A 'time capsule', to be opened on the 3rd of January 2059,
is buried on the riverbank of the park.

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