The Great Wood Famine of Fairbanks, a Historical Lecture


Who: Joan Skilbred & The Friends of the Tanana Valley Railroad

What: The Great Wood Famine of Fairbanks, a Historical Lecture 

When: Saturday, February 1 at 9am

Where: The Tanana Valley Railroad Museum, Pioneer Park 2300 Airport Way, Fairbanks AK

Contact Information:  FTVRR (907) 459-7420  or FTVRR@FTVRR.com




Join us at the Tanana Valley Railroad Museum for an enlightening look at the first twenty years of our Golden Heart City, when it ran on an economy based on wood consumption, that brought Fairbanks to the very brink of extinction. We will look at how the wood economy worked, and the national & international influences that stymied commerce and economic growth in the Fairbanks Mining District during those early years. Joan will cover the types of wood consumption, daily and annual usage rates, the extent of cutting, distribution, usages, and other energy options available at the time. This historical presentation will reflect how we are still struggling with some of these same issues, and illustrate how the lessons of the past can directly correlate with the present and future.


A light breakfast of hotcakes, yogurt & granola, fruit medley, and other items will be served by the FTVRR volunteers. Space is limited in the museum, please arrive early to make sure you get a seat!

The Great Wood Famine of Fairbanks, a Historical Lecture