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Near Wasilla in Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska — The American West (Northwest)
 

Father of the Iditarod

Joe Redington, Sr.

 

—Iditarod Trail Race Headquarters —

 
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By Rev. Ronald Irick, July 19, 2013
1. Father of the Iditarod Marker
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Inscription. Joe Redington, Sr.
Born in Oklahoma, February 1, 1917 • Died in Alaska, June 24, 1999

Joe was an accomplished man; homesteader, big- game guide. bush pilot, commercial fisherman, boat builder, fish- plant manager, and mountain climber. But most of all, he was a man who loved dogs and dog mushing.

After service in the Army during World War II, Joe came to Alaska in 1948 to homestead. Here he established Knik Kennels. Until 1966, he and his dog teams performed search-and-rescue and reclamation work for the Army. In, 1979, Joe mushed a dog team to the summit of Mt McKinley and showed the world what dogs could do.

Joe’s interest in the old mail route known as the Iditarod Trail led to its declaration as a National Historic Trail. he was the driving force behind the creation of the first Iditarod Trail sled dog Race in 1973 and fought to keep the event alive through its most difficult years. Thanks to his tenacity, the Iditarod has evolved into a thriving, world-renowned event that continues to this day. He will always be remembered as the Father of the Iditarod.
 
Location. 61° 33.629′ N, 149° 28.751′ W. Marker is near Wasilla, Alaska, in Matanuska-Susitna Borough. Marker is on Knik-Goose Bay Rd, on the right
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By Rev. Ronald Irick, July 19, 2013
2. Father of the Iditarod Marker
carved inscription on sculpture
when traveling north. Touch for map. marker is in the front lawn of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Museum a little over a mile south and southwest of I-4 (E. Park Hwy) from downtown Wasilla, Alaska. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2100 S Knik-Goose Bay Rd, Wasilla AK 99654, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Balto (a few steps from this marker); Iditarod Cabin (within shouting distance of this marker).
 
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Father of the Iditarod Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, July 19, 2013
3. Father of the Iditarod Marker
sculpture on pedestal above bronze plaque
Father of the Iditarod Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, July 19, 2013
4. Father of the Iditarod Marker
full view of marker
Father of the Iditarod Marker Site image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, July 19, 2013
5. Father of the Iditarod Marker Site
marker can be seen at extreme left
Iditarod Trail Museum image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, July 19, 2013
6. Iditarod Trail Museum
marker in foreground, another marker "Balto", to the left. Large log lodge is the museum.
Iditarod Museum image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, July 19, 2013
7. Iditarod Museum
sign in parking lot
Iditarod Trophy image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, July 19, 2013
8. Iditarod Trophy
this is what the winner gets "Mush you Huskies!"
Iditarod Award image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, July 19, 2013
9. Iditarod Award
names of the winners are enshrined on the award
Iditarod Wall of Fame image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, July 19, 2013
10. Iditarod Wall of Fame
pictures of winners, also, first stop for travelers arriving on bus
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 20, 2015, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 351 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on January 20, 2015, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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