How Deadhorse got its name

Back in the 1960’s, oil companies flocked to Prudhoe Bay to explore the region. They hoped to find vast reserves of oil beneath the sea.

Once oil had been discovered, it became apparent they needed a road north from Fairbanks. A 414-mile road across the Arctic tundra requires a lot of gravel, and the oil company hired a local man from Fairbanks to haul that gravel.

The gravel-hauler quickly realized it would take far more than his paltry fleet of trucks to haul the quantities of gravel needed for such a massive project, so he approached his father for a loan.

His father, who didn’t believe in the viability of oil fields in the far north, felt his son was crazy for pursuing the job.

“You’re kicking a dead horse,” he told his son.

The son, to his credit, persisted in hauling gravel northward – trying to reach “that dead horse”.

The name stuck.

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About Nancy Sathre-Vogel

After 21 years as a classroom teacher, Nancy Sathre-Vogel finally woke up and realized that life was too short to spend it all with other people's kids. She and her husband quit their jobs and, together with their twin sons, climbed aboard bicycles to see the world. They enjoyed four years cycling as a family - three of them riding from Alaska to Argentina and one exploring the USA and Mexico. Now they are back in Idaho, putting down roots, enjoying life at home, and living a different type of adventure. It's a fairly sure bet that you'll find her either writing on her computer or creating fantastical pieces with the beads she's collected all over the world.

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