On Time Delivery

The Dog Team Mail Carriers

William S. Schneider

On Time Delivery

William S. Schneider

Distributed for University of Alaska Press

160 pages | 50 halftones, 3 maps | 6 x 9 | © 2012
Paper $24.95 ISBN: 9781602231672 Published April 2012
E-book $7.00 to $24.95 ISBN: 9781602231689 Published March 2012

From the turn of the twentieth century in interior Alaska, dog team mail carriers were charged with maintaining the trail systems and carrying the mail until they were replaced in the late 1930s and ’40s by airplane mail service. With the advent and widespread adoption of aviation, many of the trails were abandoned, and a generation of rural Alaskans has now grown up with few ties to the overland trail system that supported their grandparents and inspired modern traditions such as the world-famous Iditarod Race.
In addition to chronicling the history of this unique postal service, On Time Delivery pays tribute to the men who carried the mail and the families who supported them, and considers the changing nature of how people experience the country where they live—and how this is affected by the systems of communication and transportation upon which they depend. 


1. Origin of the Mail Trails
2. Evolution of the Mail Trail System
3. Life on the Trail
4. "Nenana Was the Hub"
5. Circle and Beyond
6. The Aviators
7. Homeland of the Old-Timers

Review Quotes
Anchorage Daily News
“Illuminating. . . . On Time Delivery is a chronicle of records and memories of the sled dog era with historic photos and reports on the current status of some of the major routes.”
Seattle Kennel Club
“A compelling portrait, On Time Delivery delivers a big picture of Alaska’s early interior history in a nicely packaged cultural context, accented with earthy narratives and tough realism.”
Oral History Review
"William S. Schneider engagingly describes the mail routes’ history and the quotidian yet heroic activities of its carriers."
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