Location of Fairbanks, Alaska
Location of Fairbanks, Alaska (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Arctic Circle Hot
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June 18,
1955
Dear
Sweetheart:
    I
woke up about 4 and I knew we wanted to get an early start so I got up and
shaved and was all dressed and packing the car when Dad got up.  After
pulling Bob from bed we got away around 6:00 from Anchorage.  We went over
a different road part of the way missing Tok Junction and pulled into Fairbanks
around 4 o’clock.  There wasn’t a motel, hotel, or room that wasn’t
taken.  They have two big air bases at Fairbanks and I guess all the
fellows must come in on Saturday night and get a room.  Anyway we wanted to
come on up here which is the most northern point in North America where a
highway goes — so we drove another 150 miles.  We got a room here and E.C.
got a room with bath but Bob and I didn’t.  When we filled up the tank with
gas at Fairbanks Dad wanted Bob to go over to a fellow and see if we could put a
tent up in his yard.  Dad was serious and when I got back in the car Bob
told me and we decided that we would put the tent up here if we couldn’t get a
place.  At this point from a low mountain you can see the sun dip down on
the horizon and then it climbs back up in the sky so it never sets — now that
is around June 19-20-21 but it is cloudy tonight so Bob won’t get any pictures
of it.  Even with it cloudy you can lay in your bed at midnight and read a
magazine.
    They have hot springs here so they heat the hotel — hot house — two
swimming pools your washing water — everything.
    We saw a lot of gold digging coming up here.
    I’ll mail this from Circle so it should be later than my next
letter.  Love,

Emory
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Letter sent from my husband's grandfather to his wife from Alaska in 1955Letter sent from my husband's grandfather to his wife from Alaska in 1955Letter sent from my husband's grandfather to his wife from Alaska in 1955Letter sent from my husband's grandfather to his wife from Alaska in 1955