One month after the destruction of downtown Fairbanks, it was a game of baseball that convinced the town to rebuild.
1906 Midnight Sun Game
In 1906, Fairbanks was still just a small gold rush town. Almost all town activity took place within a few blocks of the Cushman Street bridge.
Following a winter dispute over which is the best local baseball team, local bartender Eddie Stroecker bet that his California Bar club was superior.
As summer approached, the entire waterfront was destroyed by a fire, adding even more meaning to the contest, which was held one month after the great fire.
The day of the game, the local Fairbanks newspaper announced the event:
Locals were treated to an unforgettable contest, which was written up in the paper the following day: