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          We visited the old downtown in Fairbanks. A city of 31,000 (there are 87,000 in the huge Fairbanks/North Star borough) it lies south of the Arctic Circle on the banks of the Chena River inside the wide floor of the Tanana River valley. Fairbanks started as a gold rush town, and morphed into the main supply point for the interior. Several nearby military bases and construction of the oil pipeline in the '70s stablized the city's economy after a massive flood practically drowned the place in 1967.
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