America’s Last Great Gold Rush Trail
This fall BLM will again partner with the Iditarod Historic Trail Alliance, the Alaska Department of Natural Resources, and the Chugach National Forest to host the Iditarod National Historic Trail exhibit at the Alaska State Fair in Palmer (Aug. 22 through Labor Day).
Housed in a large white wall tent reminiscent of the Iditarod roadhouses of yesterday, the exhibit features trail maps, historic photos, and mushing sleds, including a freight sled on loan from the Reddington family.
The exhibit is located just inside the Red Gate at the Fair. Look for the "Iditarod Roadhouse" sign and pick up a free zipper pull bearing the official Iditarod National Historic Trail logo!
Want to know more about the Iditarod National Historic Trail? Read the 2012 Iditarod National Historic Trail Administrators Report.
The Iditarod National Historic Trail commemorates a 2,300-mile system of winter trails that first connected ancient Native Alaskan villages, opened up Alaska for the last great American gold rush, and now plays a vital role for travel and recreation in modern day Alaska.
Over 1,500 miles of the historic winter trail system are open today for public use across state and federal lands. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), under the National Trails Act, is the designated Trail Administrator, and works to coordinate efforts by federal and state agencies on behalf of the entire Trail. BLM maintains about 150 miles of the Trail, including four public shelter cabins. The remainder is managed primarily by the State of Alaska, or crosses private Native lands on public easements.
Use the links at right to explore America's Last Great Gold Rush Trail!
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