Fairbanksans drive past the Falcon Joslin House, 413 Cowles St., every day. They probably don’t realize it’s an historic structure, built in 1905 by Falcon Joslin, who also built the Tanana Valley Railroad. He was an early promoter of the Tanana Valley, and this home marked Fairbanks evolving into a permanent community, instead of a temporary mining camp.
The Falcon Joslin House is one of the oldest frame houses, still in its original location, in Fairbanks. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.
Homeowners Chris Miller and Angie Schmidt were recently honored with a proclamation from both city and borough mayors, for their efforts in stabilizing and renovating the home without compromising its historic integrity.
“Without their dedication and personal investments into this property, our community may have lost yet another piece of its history,” according to the proclamation.
Falcon Joslin built the house, hoping to lure his wife and children to live in Fairbanks back in 1904-05. The family never did make the move from Seattle.
The historic preservation community gathered at the house recently to celebrate the proclamation at a special ceremony. Steve Hormann with Friends of the Tanana Valley Railroad also presented Miller and Schmidt with a 1907 stock certficate from the Tanana Valley Railroad Company.
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