Information from the March 4, 1993 edition of the Chugiak-Eagle River Star:
Twenty years ago, Eagle River was the first major stop for mushers in the Iditarod. The first of 69 teams were greeted by spectators as they mushed up Eagle River Hill around 11 a.m. to stay only 20 or 30 minutes. During that brief time, volunteers served them the traditional “Musher stew” and cornbread. Cookies baked by students at Homestead Elementary School were passed on to all mushers before they departed in trucks for the re-start in Wasilla.
Seven local mushers were among the 69. They were Joe Carpenter, John Peterson, Diana Dronenburg, Bert Hanson — all veteran mushers — and rookies Norman Lee, Val Aron and Roger Haertel.
Top mushers racing that year included Levon Barve, Susan Butcher, Joe Runyon, Rick Swenson, DeeDee Jonrowe, Martin Buser, Joe Garnie, Rick Mackey, Sonny Lindner, Duane Halverson, Tim Osmar and Matt Desalernos.
The first musher was expected to cross the finish line in 11-13 days.
Note: Does anyone remember the recipe for Musher Stew? If so, contact the Chugiak-Eagle River Historical Society at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message at 688-4706.