SS Nenana National Historic Landmark

The Nenana Steamboat

NPS Photo

Quick Facts

Location:
Fairbanks, Alaska
Significance:
The SS Nenana is one of only three steam-powered passenger sternwheelers of any kind left in the U.S.
Designation:
National Historic Landmark designated May 5, 1989
OPEN TO PUBLIC:
Yes
MANAGED BY:
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.


Additional Information

Photos of the SS Nenana- Library of Congress, Historic American Buildings Survey

National Register of Historic Places - Official nomination form

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