The City of Fairbanks is the second largest city in Alaska and the commercial and administrative heart of the state's interior. The city is served by an international airport and is the northern terminus of the Alaska Railroad (completed 1923). The city was founded in 1902 with the discovery of gold nearby and grew as a mining camp. It was incorporated as a city in 1903. It is named for Charles W. Fairbanks, the vice president of the United States from 1905 to 1909.

The University of Alaska Fairbanks, (UAF) is the oldest college in the state, the school was incorporated in 1917 as the Alaska Agricultural College and School of Mines. Since then UAF has grown from six students and faculty members to more than 8,000 students and 70 degree programs.

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