Trail History


Trail

 

Historic Overview of Iditarod National Historic Trail

History of the Iditarod Trail from old Newspaper Stories

Alaska's Enduring Trail: Historic Overview of the Iditarod

What's in a Name? Place names along the Iditarod Trail.

A Crossroad for Continents: Unalakleet and the Kaltag Portage

Tripods Lead to Safety

Riverboats, Dog Sleds, and Airplanes: Travel in the Inland Empire

Roadhouses & Shelter Cabins

Museums along the Trail

 

Iditarod Trail Towns of Yesteryear

Express dog teams from the Iditarod at Seward

Seward

Although ‘officially’ founded in 1903, the town of Seward bustled with prospectors for at least a decade prior to its incorporation.

On 4th Street in Anchorage

Anchorage

Anchorage was just a blank spot on the map when the Seward to Iditarod government trail opened in 1910.

The town of Knik

Knik

During the Iditarod gold rush, Knik was the last major outfitting center before stampeders struck out for mines 375 miles to the northwest.

Winter street in Iditarod

Iditarod

Rather than a rough-and-tumble affair, Iditarod was a civic-minded town populated by  experienced miners and merchants from the Dawson and Nome gold rushes.

Front Street in Winter

Nome

Nome sprang into existence almost overnight with the discovery of gold by the “three lucky Swedes” in 1898.