Fairbanks boasts an impressive list of the first automobiles to arrive in this Gold Rush town, including Pope-Toledo, Franklin, White Steamer, Pierce Great Arrow and Thomas Flyer. We have been fortunate to track down photographs of all but the Thomas, and its fate remains a mystery.
|© Michael Maslan Historic Photographs/CORBIS|
|The Nome Thomas Flyer © Bettmann/CORBIS|
Did Ross leave his Thomas Flyer out in the Iditarod Mining District? Not likely, as a 1914 edition of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner includes it in a list of 25 automobiles "in actual running condition in Fairbanks today." How we would love to find it, tucked away in the shed of a willing seller!