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Nome’s Iditarod and the Lost Continent of Beringia: Alaska’s Wild West on the Looney Front, Part 2

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After its gold rush days, Nome won everlasting fame as the destination of the original Iditarod dog mushing race, although it was not called that back then. In 1925 a diphtheria epidemic raged in the town and the only way to save the inhabitants from a growing death toll was to get them the antitoxin serum.

The Alaska Territory governor prepared 20 pounds of the stuff, but regular boat would take 25 days to get through, while the two available planes were open cockpit affairs, useless in the sub-sub-zero mid-January temperatures and scant daylight hours. The only solution was that read more >>>

Source : HuffingtonPost.Com

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