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Complementing the Pioneer Museum is "The Big Stampede Show"
In the same building, this show dramatically brings home the rigors of the
Gold Rush trails.
It is a lighted 45 minute presentation, illustrated by fifteen enormous oil
paintings by famous Alaskan artist C. R. "Rusty" Heurlin and narrated (on tape)
by the late well-known and loved Poet Laureate Ruben Gaines. This mural presentation in a
circular room actually moves the guests around to see the murals, while the murals remain
The presentation illustrates the hardships of the "men who moil for
gold" (Robert Service) and the subsequent settlement of Alaska. This was originally
designed for the Alaska '67 Centennial Exposition in Fairbanks, which celebrated the
purchase of Alaska from Russia in 1867.
There is a small charge for the Big Stampede Show.
Museum and Big Stampede Show are presented by Pioneer Memorial Park, Inc., a
501(c)3 charitable/educational group initiated by the Pioneers of Alaska. The link above
will take you to their web site.