Iditarod 40: The Trail. Galena to Nulato

Iditarod 40: The Trail. Galena to Nulato     37 Miles

About 10 miles outside of Galena is the picturesque Bishop’s Rock, where some of the most famous photographs of mushers are taken. In most years the local traffic keeps the river trail hard and fast. This section is well marked because wind and snow can cover the trail very quickly.

Nulato (nu-LAH-toe) — Lat. 64.43 Long 158.05 — Population 275 — Originally founded in 1838 at the confluence of the Nulato and Yukon Rivers, Nulato was a Russian trading post. Without a stockade, the Indians promptly burned it down. In 1841, the Russian American Company rebuilt the trading post consisting of seven log buildings, but again without a stockade. In 1851, the Koyukan Indians again burned it down and killed most of the inhabitants. In 1853 the trading post was rebuilt at the present town site, two miles upriver from the old site. The checkpoint is the community hall.

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