The Pioneers of Alaska unveil a bust of Felix Pedro (Felice Pedroni) in front of the Brooks Building at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The bust had been donated by the Italian government and was brought from San Francisco by the Italian consul general in 1952 to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the discovery of gold near Fairbanks, Alaska. The following clips show unidentified prospectors posing next to the Felix Pedro monument by the Steese Highway near Fairbanks. The next scenes are from the rededication ceremony for the Felix Pedro monument on 7/22/1977. Many onlookers are dressed in period garb. This is followed by clips of a Felix Pedro look-alike leading a burro through the streets of Fairbanks and weighing a poke of gold at a bank in town. This also occurred on 7/22/1977 during the annual Golden Days Celebration in Fairbanks. The final shots are closeups of the Felix Pedro monument from the early 1960s.
(Color / Silent / 16mm film)
Alaska, United States of America (USA).
Good general panning shots of high mountains, hills, lakes and pine forest of Alaska. Travelling through pine forest area along dusty road. Plaque commemorating Felix Pedro, discoverer of gold in Fairbanks. Man leaves car to see the plaque. CU. Plaque. GV. Panning shot along hills covered in woods. MV. Prospector at work. LV. A dredger at anchor. More shots of the hills. LV. Traffic in Fairbanks, Alaska - small town. BGV. Alaska highway through mountains with cars moving past.