Interior Scrapbook - Jan. 17, 2021

This winter scene between Fox and Olnes on the Elliott Highway is the ridge where the Tanana Valley Railroad traveled to reach its final destination at Chatanika. This area was the highest elevation on the trip and was subject to drifting snow. The narrow gauge started construction in 1905 and supplied the gold mining towns and miners near Fairbanks with their freighting needs. The railroad quit operating in 1930 after not showing a profit. The road system became more developed in the areas and became the choice of transportation that exists today.