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Seward Spotlight – Iditarod Historic Trail

Mile 0 of the Iditarod Historic Trail

Alaska is well known for the annual Iditarod Trail Dog Sled Race that runs from Anchorage to Nome every year in March. Dog mushing was put on the map when a diphtheria epidemic broke out in Nome and the nearest available antitoxin was in Anchorage. This was in the winter of 1925 and the only transportation available was via dog sled and so 20 dog mushers and more than 100 dogs relayed the medical supplies to Nome to save the town.

While the race began in 1973 and starts in Anchorage, the trail itself goes back centuries and was used by Alaskan natives before the arrival of Russian fur traders in the 1800s. Seward’s claim to fame is that it is actually considered to be the starting point of this trail which is known as the Iditarod Historic Trail. If you are in visiting Seward, a nice walk along the waterfront will take you to Mile 0 of a trail rich in history and scenic beauty.