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Nenana Alaska is located at mile 305 of the Parks Highway.This historic community / Athabascan Native Village is 56 miles from Fairbanks and 75 miles north of Denali National Park. The George Parks Highway provides road access to Fairbanks and Anchorage.It was first known as Tortella, an interpretation of the word “Toghotthele,” which means “mountain that parallels the river.” The Nenana Valley of Central Alaska is the site of one of the earliest archaeological sites in North America, dating between about 11,000 and 12,000 years old.
This railroad truss bridge, the longest in the United States and its territories when completed, gave Nenana a rail transportation link north to Fairbanks and Seward, Alaska.
In 1915, construction of the Alaska Railroad doubled Nenana’s population.
The Nenana Ice Classic – a popular competition to guess the date and time of the Tanana River ice break-up each spring – began in 1917 among surveyors for the Alaska Railroad. The railroad depot was completed in 1923, when President Warren Harding drove the golden spike at the north end of the 700-foot steel bridge over the Tanana River, which created a transportation link to Fairbanks and Seward.
Der Goldenen Nagel wurde von US-Präsident Warren G. Bild aus der SWR Eisenbahnromantik Folge 517 "Mit Dampf und Diesel durch Alaska" vom 8.2.2004 © Wikipedia, 2003, Alaska Railroad Museum in Nenana" data-lightbox="lightbox20"Our page for Alaska Railroad Museum in Nenana, United States of America (USA), is not yet administrated by a member.
Please write to us about your experience with this museum, for corrections of our data or sending photos by using the Contact Form to the Museum Finder.In 1903, a trading post/roadhouse was constructed by Jim Duke to supply river travelers and trade with Natives. Mark’s Episcopal Mission and School was built upriver in 1905.