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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:


  1. sarah on March 12, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    Love this story~ TY for sharing~

  2. Colleen Boggs Heibein on March 13, 2012 at 6:38 am

    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!