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At the Old Woman Cabin, Butcher’s Family Recalls Her Legacy

“People see her as a wonderful dog musher, and she most definitely was,” Tekla Monson says of the late musher Susan Butcher, a four-time champion of the Iditarod. “But she was (also) an amazing mother… She was dedicated to being a mother.”

Monson speaks from direct experience; she’s the daughter of Susan Butcher and David Monson. Tekla and David – along with Susan Butcher and David Monson’s other daughter, Chisana Monson – remembered Butcher and celebrated her legacy this weekend at the Old Woman cabin, a landmark on the Iditarod trail between the Kaltag and Unalakleet checkpoints.

KNOM’s Laureli Kinneen was there:

2 Responses to “At the Old Woman Cabin, Butcher’s Family Recalls Her Legacy”

  1. Colleen Boggs Heibein

    Wow!!! Thanks so much for this. Susan and Granite were my heroes in my early mushing years. I haven’t seen a recent picture of Tekla but wow she sure does have similar inflection and enthusaism in her voice to that of her wonderful mom. Happy Trails!

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