Last updated: April 12, 2018
- Fairbanks, Alaska
- The SS Nenana is one of only three steam-powered passenger sternwheelers of any kind left in the U.S.
- National Historic Landmark designated May 5, 1989
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- Pioneer Park
The wooden-hulled, western rivers-style steam sternwheel passenger riverboat Nenana is one of only three steam-powered passenger sternwheelers of any kind left in the U.S., and the only large wooden sternwheeler.
Built in 1933 for the Alaska Railroad for service on the Yukon, Nenana, and Tanana Rivers in Alaska, the Nenana opened up much of the territory of interior Alaska long before roads could be built. Nenana carried military cargoes during World War II including lend-lease aircraft on the way to Russia.
Retired in 1955, Nenana is now resides at Pioneer Park in Fairbanks. It is one of the few remaining original steamboats that represents an important time when transportation was along our nation’s rivers.