What's Happening At Pioneer Park: The Harding Car

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Welcome to this week's edition of What's Happening in Pioneer Park.
Today we are at the Pullman car Denali, better known as the Harding Car.
The Harding Car was used by President Harding on his journey up to Alaska to drive the golden spike in Nenana, thus marking the completion of the 500-mile Alaska Railroad.
The Harding Car is quite the sight to behold.
Built in 1905 in Chicago, Illinois, it sits 10-feet wide and 81-feet long.
Harding was the first president to visit Alaska and his train of 9 cars carried his 85 person entourage.

The Harding Car was retired and spent 14 years on a siding in Nenana before the Pioneers of Alaska asked the Alaska Railroad if the car could be moved to Fairbanks and operated as a museum in 1959.

Since then, the car has been at Pioneer Park attracting viewers from all over the country.
It is adorned with arched exterior doors and windows, dark wood paneling, brass wall sconces, and elaborate exterior brass railings.

To learn more about President Harding and the Harding Car, come on down to Pioneer Park.