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Final Journey

  • Ever the pioneer, Will Rogers was born in Indian Territory and died in Alaska Territory in 1935.

  • Will was along for the ride with famed aviator, Wiley Post, to survey a mail-and-passenger air route between the U.S. and Russia, by way of Alaska Territory.

  • The trip lasted nine days, with the men flying all over Alaska and part of Canada.

  • On August 15, 1935, Will and Wiley took off from Fairbanks, bound for Barrow, the northern-most settlement in the U.S. After refueling at Harding Lake, Post landed at a lagoon 15 miles southwest of Barrow to get directions. Just after takeoff the engine failed, causing the plane to crash, killing both men instantly.

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