On Time Delivery: The Dog Team Mail Carriers

by William S. Schneider

University of Alaska Press | April 15, 2012 | Trade Paperback |

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From the turn of the twentieth century in interior Alaska, dog team mail carriers were charged with maintaining the trail systems and carrying the mail until they were replaced in the late 1930s and '40s by airplane mail service. With the advent and widespread adoption of aviation, many of the trails were abandoned, and a generation of rural Alaskans has now grown up with few ties to the overland trail system that supported their grandparents and inspired modern traditions such as the world-famous Iditarod Race.
In addition to chronicling the history of this unique postal service, On Time Delivery pays tribute to the men who carried the mail and the families who supported them, and considers the changing nature of how people experience the country where they live-and how this is affected by the systems of communication and transportation upon which they depend. 


Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 160 Pages, 5.91 × 8.66 × 0.39 in

Published: April 15, 2012

Publisher: University of Alaska Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1602231672

ISBN - 13: 9781602231672

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On Time Delivery: The Dog Team Mail Carriers

by William S. Schneider

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 160 Pages, 5.91 × 8.66 × 0.39 in

Published: April 15, 2012

Publisher: University of Alaska Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1602231672

ISBN - 13: 9781602231672

Table of Contents

Introduction

1. Origin of the Mail Trails
2. Evolution of the Mail Trail System
3. Life on the Trail
4. "Nenana Was the Hub"
5. Circle and Beyond
6. The Aviators
7. Homeland of the Old-Timers

Acknowledgments
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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From the turn of the twentieth century in interior Alaska, dog team mail carriers were charged with maintaining the trail systems and carrying the mail until they were replaced in the late 1930s and '40s by airplane mail service. With the advent and widespread adoption of aviation, many of the trails were abandoned, and a generation of rural Alaskans has now grown up with few ties to the overland trail system that supported their grandparents and inspired modern traditions such as the world-famous Iditarod Race.
In addition to chronicling the history of this unique postal service, On Time Delivery pays tribute to the men who carried the mail and the families who supported them, and considers the changing nature of how people experience the country where they live-and how this is affected by the systems of communication and transportation upon which they depend. 


About the Author

William Schneider was the curator of oral history at the University of Alaska Fairbanks from 1981 until his retirement as professor emeritus in 2011. He is the editor of many books and the author of So They Understand: Cultural Issues in Oral History.


Editorial Reviews

"William S. Schneider engagingly describes the mail routes' history and the quotidian yet heroic activities of its carriers."
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