The American Dog Derby ~ Celebrating 100 Years Of Dog Sled Racing

  • American Dog Derby

In the high country of eastern Idaho just west of the Teton mountains lies a little town full of snow. Ashton was founded and built in 1906 because of the Union Pacific railroad. The rails were closed due to heavy snowfall during winter and weren’t plowed until spring, so Ashton became the winter rail terminus for the entire region. Mushing – a sled and rider pulled by a team of dogs - became a serious business as it was the only way mail, people, and supplies could be delivered throughout winter.