Sunday, January 31, 2010

Historic Alaska Videos Up & Running!

We just finished setting up three more video monitors that display archival movie footage of cars in 1930s Alaska. The videos are extremley fun and educational to watch, and well worth a trip to the museum just to see them.

One video is called "Early Motoring Around Alaska" and includes footage from Fairbanks, Valdez, Anchorage and other Alaska towns. Look close and you'll see an American Austin taxi in one of them! Another highlights the 4-month motorcycle trip made by Slim Williams and John Logan from Fairbanks to Seattle--several years BEFORE the Alaska Highway was built. The third video shows travel along the Richardson Highway, including portages by ferry across the Tanana River and a stop at Sourdough Roadhouse. All of these really make you appreciate how easy it is now to drive around Alaska.

Come on over to the museum and take a look!


P.S. Many thanks to the Alaska Film Archives at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Elmer Rasmuson Library for supplying these wonderful video clips!

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