Bill Arpino, Tok Homesteader

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Bill Arpino

At the crossroads: Bill has been a “Tok-ite” since 1967. “When we moved here, Tok had a dog mushing organization and a good trail system — that’s all we needed.”

Homesteads and sleds: After running the very first Iditarod race in 1973, Bill and his wife Nanci began selling handmade dog sleds and homesteaded 160 acres west of the Delta River. The family later built a log home, complete with a sod roof, which remains their business headquarters today.

Dog days of summer: For 25 years, the Arpinos put on a dog demonstration for summer visitors. The main attraction? A mile-long ride on a dog sled on wheels.

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