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Trail History


Iditarod Oral History Project

Introductory text here.

Tony Gularte (Flat) 
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Gularte discusses the early history of the Iditarod and Flat mining camps, including  the first arrival of airplanes in the area.

Jack Morris (McGrath)
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Jack Morris recounts the old days of McGrath, including its relocation and his experiences working as a deckhand on the Kuskokwim River.
Joe & Vi Redington (Knik)
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The Redingtons talk about the famous roadhouses that once occupied the Rainy Pass area.
John Poling (Nome)
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Poling talks about Nome's gold rush history and the Nome residents who played a part.
Mamie Maloney (Nome)
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Maloney recounts the days of Safety, including the famous Safety Roadhouse and the flood that almost wiped the city off the map. 

Pete Curran, Jr. (Nome)Recording 1 / 2 / 3 / Transcript

Curran tells of his experiences carrying mail by dog team to the Seward Peninsula.
Mark Abloogalook (Nome)
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Abloogalook shares his memories of reindeer herding on the Seward Peninsula in the early days.
Bonnie Hahn (Nome)
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Hahn takes listeners on a walkthrough tour of historic Nome.
Andy Peterson (Nome)
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Peterson discusses travel and roadhouses on the Seward Peninsula.
Bob Baldwin (Nome)
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Baldwin talks about the Cape Nome Roadhouse and the orphanage and mission established by the Methodist church nearby.
Edgar Nollner (Galena)
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Nollner describes his experience as one of the mushers who saved Nome in the 1925 Diptheria Serum Run.
Charlie Evans (Galena)
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Evans talks about his part in the 1925 Diptheria Serum Run and the roadhouses and trails that surrounded the Lewis Landing area at the time.
John Bahnke, Sr. (Nome)
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Bahnke discusses the many roadhouses between Bluff and Nome, as well as Quigley's Mine, where he got his first taste ofd mining at 13.
Charlie Carlo (Ruby)
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Carlo shares his memories of mail by dog team in the Ruby-Poorman area during the 1930s.

Edgar Kalland (Kaltag)
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Kalland describes how he came to be one of the mushers made famous by the 1925 Diptheria Serum Run.