That’s a cat at the bottom of the steps.
“Mrs. Brandt’s home, Fairbanks, Alaska,” 1916, via Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
Fairbanks was founded in 1901 as a trading post supplying gold miners in the area. It became an incorporated city in 1903. “By 1905, [it] had electricity and sewer service, a powerplant, a three-story skyscraper, saloons, stores, police and fire protection, and a thriving “Red Light” district,” according to fairbanks-alaska.com.
This may be the home of Margaret Brandt, a widow who was a city telephone operator from 1905 to 1938.
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