Race to Grow

It was the chain of events that resulted in Fairbanks’ naming in honor of Charles W. Fairbanks, Senator from Indiana that settled the fate of Chena. Judge James Wickersham made a decision in 1903 to transfer the offices of the Third Judicial District from Eagle to Barnette’s “City of Chenoa” as well as requesting that the growing community be linked to a new telegraph line being built from Tanacross to St. Michael. These developments set the stage for the eventual rise to prominence of Barnette’s community. By 1907, Fairbanks had overtaken Chena as the regional supply hub and Chena began to fade to memory.

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