Unorganized Borough, Yukon - Koyukuk Census Area
Iditarod is a ghost town in the Unorganized Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. It belongs to the Yukon - Koyukuk Census Area.
Iditarod is located on a horseshoe-shaped lake, which was once a very strong here meandering loop of the Iditarod River. The nearest town is flat, about 11 kilometers south- south-east.
The name has the same name from the Iditarod River. This has, in turn, the name of the Athabaskan word Haidilatna, the name of a village of Ingalik.
On Christmas of 1908 found the prospector John Beaton and WA "Bill" Dikeman at Otter Creek, a tributary of the Iditarod River Gold. The following summer, prospectors came up the Yukon and the Iditarod and initially founded Flat.
Iditarod itself was founded on 1 June 1910, when the steamboat Tanana docked here. It was in the following years as a guidance and a starting point for the now following the gold rush. Several settlements were established in the area, including Discovery, otters, Dikeman and Willow Creek ( Alaska). Iditarod has quickly become a real gold rush town with hotels, bars, brothels, three newspapers ( of which only a one year lived), a bank, electricity, phones and even a railway to Flat.
1930, the gold reserves were exhausted in Iditarod and moved on the gold seekers, many of them by Flat. The houses they have taken away, leaving only a single house and a few ruins are left in the Iditarod. The concrete vault of the bank is the only thing that is left over from the financial institution.