National Geographic : 1949 Oct
© National Geographic Society 512 Ansco color by 0.C.Sweet Interior Alaska's Bustling Metropolis, Built on Gold, Plays a Vital New Role inArctic Defense Strategy Military projects have pushed Fairbanks's population past 8,500. Ladd Air Force Base (upper right) is a strategiclink inour Arctic defense. Laboratory units seek new ways to combat cold. To miners and farmers for miles around, the city on the Chena remains asupply center.