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Alexander "Scottie" Alan

1867 - ?

'King of the Arctic Trail' who began the sport of dog-sled racing in Alaska. Born in Dundee and brought up in Orton (Moray), Alan was one of ten children of a blacksmith. Given the opportunity to go to the USA, he arrived at the time of the Klondike gold rush and went to Nome in Alaska, where he became involved in transportation using dog-sleds. Competition between dog-sled teams gave rise to a race to prove who was best and Alan successfully completed a series of daring long-distance runs across remote terrain. He also took dog-teams to serve in France during the First World War.

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