Wonalancet in Carroll County, New Hampshire — The American Northeast (New England)
Erected 1988. (Marker Number 155.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Animals • Exploration.
Location. 43° 54.514′ N, 71° 19.663′ W. Marker is near Wonalancet, New Hampshire, in Carroll County. Marker is on Chinook Trail (New Hampshire Route 113A). Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Tamworth NH 03886, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured The Chocorua Legend (approx. 4.6 miles away); In Memory of Those Who Served (approx. 4.7 miles away); First Summer Playhouse (approx. 4.7 miles away); How Sabbaday Falls Got Its Name (approx. 6.9 miles away); By Foot and Horseback, Stagecoach and Car (approx. 6.9 miles away); Cart Roads and Wagon Paths Connect a Community (approx. 8 miles away); How the Covered Bridge was Built (approx. 8 miles away); Granville Homestead (approx. 9.1 miles away).
Regarding Chinook Kennels. The Chinook Trail is named after Arthur Walden's dog Chinook who died in Antarctica on Admiral Richard Byrd's first trip to the South Pole in the 1920's. It was desired to name the road after Walden, but he declined and said to name it after his dog. He lived in Wonalancet before he sold the kennels to the Seeleys and they moved the kennels to Tamworth. The Chinook breed is one of the rarest in the world and is now the official dog breed of the State of New Hampshire.
Also see . . . History of The Chinook Trail. This link gives you directions to the site as well as some historical background about the Chinook Trail and the Chinook Kennels. (Submitted on July 13, 2016, by Ron and Monica Charpentier of Hooksett, New Hampshire.)
1. Arthur Walden and Chinook
We first read about Chinook Kennels in an article written by Sarah M. Earle in a book entitled “The New Hampshire Century” which was published in 2001 by The Concord Monitor, ISBN 1-58465-087-7. We had to seek it out on our recent trip to the area. There is more history about Arthur Walden and Chinook before the Seeleys’ ownership of the breed than is memorialized here. If this is of interest to you, please research it further. Admiral Byrd writes about Chinook in his book, "Little America: Aerial Exploration in the Antarctic The Flight to the South Pole" (1930).
— Submitted July 13, 2016, by Ron and Monica Charpentier of Hooksett, New Hampshire.
Additional keywords. Admiral Byrd; Little America; Antarctica; Sleddogs; Arthur Walden
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