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The Yukon Quest

The Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race spans some of the harshest and most beautiful winter territory anywhere: 1,000 miles between Fairbanks, Alaska and the city of Whitehorse in Canada’s Yukon Territory. Known as ‘The World’s Toughest Sled Dog Race,’ … Continue reading

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The Parks-Archer Colony Barn

In 1935 the U.S. Government transported 200 families from the Great Depression-stricken midwest to a valley of unparalleled beauty in Alaska, where they were given the chance to begin new lives as part of a federally-funded social experiment, the Matanuska … Continue reading

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2016 Northern Lights 300

The Northern Lights 300 mid-distance sled dog race runs on the Iditarod Trail from four-time Iditarod champion Martin Buser’s Happy Trails Kennel to the Winterlake Lodge on Finger Lake, deep in the Alaska Range. The race has become a favorite … Continue reading

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The Yukon Quest Trail

The Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race spans some of the harshest and most beautiful winter territory anywhere: 1,000 miles between Fairbanks, Alaska and the city of Whitehorse in Canada’s Yukon Territory. Known as ‘The World’s Toughest Sled Dog Race,’ it’s … Continue reading

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John August Springer

John August Springer In October of 1914, an Alaskan pioneer of Swedish descent named John August Springer filed for homestead rights to 320 acres of benchland located on the north bank of a sweeping bend in the Matanuska River, with … Continue reading

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The Matanuska Colony Barns

In 1935 the U.S. Government transported 200 families from the Great Depression-stricken midwest to a valley of unparalleled beauty in Alaska, where they were given the chance to begin new lives as part of a federally-funded social experiment, the Matanuska … Continue reading

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Yukon Quest Checkpoint 101

Driving up the western flank of the White Mountains one passes the colorful Yukon Quest checkpoint of 101, so named because it is, in fact, 101 miles from Fairbanks on the 161-mile long Steese Highway. Starting out as only a … Continue reading

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Leonhard Seppala’s Cabin

The legendary Alaskan dog musher Leonhard Seppala, who won the All Alaska Sweepstakes three times and played a key role in delivering the life-saving serum to Nome in 1925, lived in many places, from Norway to Nome, Maine, and Seattle, … Continue reading

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2015 Northern Lights 300

The 2015 Northern Lights 300 sled dog race from Big Lake to Finger Lake drew a diverse field of mushers from many areas of Alaska, with some mushers racing to qualify for the long distance Iditarod and Yukon Quest races, … Continue reading

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2013 Iditarod: Buser’s Bold Run

The 2013 Iditarod got off to a blazing start with four-time champion Martin Buser setting a blistering pace out of Willow. Leaving in the first place position with bib #2 (#1 is honorary and does not race), Buser ran his … Continue reading

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