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Robert Bacon Obituary

Dog musher, homesteader, Iditarod Trailbreaker

1/2/10
Submitted by Fred Agree

Bob Bacon, aka "Flathorn Lake Bob" passed away in Anchorage, Alaska on Christmas Day, 2009. Bob came to Alaska in the early 1950s. He filed a Federal homestead on Flathorn Lake, between Knik and the Susitna River. The location was just down the lake from another "homesteader" named Joe Redington.

In the next 10 years Bob and Joe and a few others worked tirelessly to locate the original Iditarod Trail, by looking for slashes on old trees. In some areas, this was all that was left of the old route to Iditarod. They managed, after some years, to open the trail from Flathorn Lake to the Susitna / Yentna Rivers, and then worked on the trail back east to Knik.

For many years Bob would be seen on a dog team or snowmachine on his beloved Flathorn Lake, watching for and waving to the teams coming past. I have no doubt that, if you look close, he'll be there in years to come as well.

He was 85. His ashes will be spread on the Iditarod Trail west of the lake.

Bye, Bob !


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