Father of the Iditarod

Father of the Iditarod (HM1IXC)

Location: Wasilla, AK 99654 Matanuska-Susitna
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Country: United States of America
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N 61° 33.629', W 149° 28.751'

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Joe Redington, Sr.

— Iditarod Trail Race Headquarters —

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.
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Date Added Friday, January 23rd, 2015 at 1:02pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)6V E 368302 N 6827725
Decimal Degrees61.56048333, -149.47918333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 61° 33.629', W 149° 28.751'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds61° 33' 37.74" N, 149° 28' 45.06" W
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Area Code(s)907
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2100 S Knik-Goose Bay Rd, Wasilla AK 99654, US
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