National Geographic : 1940 Oct
Photograph by Bradford Washburn Fairbanks, Metropolis of Interior Alaska, Has Had Many Distinguished Aerial Visitors On its well-located commercial field (upper right) Wiley Post, Howard Hughes, and other famous flyers landed torefuel. The new Army air base isbeing built southeast of the town (upper left). Center for deep placer gold mining, Fairbanks is a thriving city of nearly 4,000 on the meandering Chena River. This photo graph was taken north of the city.