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Pioneer Park
06-SEP-2003 Henk Binnendijk

Pioneer Park

Fairbanks, Alaska

Pioneer Park (Alaskaland)

'Gold Rush Town' features a 1904 presbyterian church, pioneer log cabins (now occupied by souvenir merchants) and other more or less original buildings, like the Judge Wickersham house (a small museum devoted to the life and times of Judge Wickersham), the Georgia Lee house and the Kitty Hensley house. Open from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

A frontier theme park with picnic area, shopping village, barbecue court and community center on the Chena River. Pioneer Park (formerly called 'Alaskaland') has it all. It just needs a little paint here and there. One can ride a train around the 44-acre park and play minature golf. Look at Rusty Heurlin's paintings in 'The Big Stampede' moving theatre. Browse through 'Gold Rush Town', 'Native Village' and 'Mining Valley'. Dance in the 'Farthest North Square and Round Dance Center'. Get stuffed at the salmon bake. Visit the sternwheeler riverboat 'Nenana' and president Warren G. Harding's railroad car 'Denali'. There's the Pioneer Hall Museum, the Native Village Museum and -in a gold dome designed by Buckminster Fuller- the Pioneer Air Museum. Last but not least there's the enjoyable Palace Theatre and Saloon featuring 'The Golden Heart Review'.

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