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Mary Joyce receiving an award


Mary Joyce stepped off her dogsled to receive an award from an unidentified group of men. In December 1935, Joyce left for a thousand-mile journey from Juneau to Fairbanks by dog sled, following the path of what is now the Alaska Highway. When she and her dogs arrived in Fairbanks, she was awarded a Silver Cup from the city, a two-month-old husky puppy from friend Don Abel, Sr., and a rare Honorary Member title from the Pioneers of Alaska. Her story also attracted national media attention. Alaska State Library.

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