The Serum Run: Portage and the Spirits

Summary

 
This episode of Mushing Radio explores the 1925 Serum Run, a dog sled relay to bring diphtheria antitoxin from Anchorage to Nome. The chapters cover the background of the serum run, the challenges faced on the trail, the legends and spirits encountered, the significance of Old Woman Shelter, the encounters with spirits, the connection between Susan Butcher and Old Woman Cabin, the approach to Unalakleet, and a preview of the next episode. The episode is sponsored by Alaska Dog Works and Fred Meyer.
 

Takeaways

  • The 1925 Serum Run was a dog sled relay to bring diphtheria antitoxin from Anchorage to Nome.
  • Mushers faced extreme challenges on the trail, including freezing temperatures and poor visibility.
  • Legends and spirits are associated with certain parts of the trail, such as Old Woman Shelter.
  • The encounter with spirits can have both positive and negative effects on mushers.
  • The connection between Susan Butcher and Old Woman Cabin is significant.
  • The next episode will focus on the howling winds on the Bering Sea and the handoff.

Chapters

 
00:00: Introduction and Sponsorship
01:06: Background on the 1925 Serum Run
03:01: Challenges on the Trail
04:26: Legends and Spirits on the Trail
07:03: Old Woman Shelter
09:16: Encounters with Spirits
10:24: Susan Butcher and Old Woman Cabin
12:03: Approaching Unalakleet
12:31: Next Week’s Episode
12:52: Sponsorship and Conclusion