Mary Joyce Taku Lodge Pioneer
Mary Joyce was an Alaskan adventurer of the highest caliber; when Alaska was still just a territory she owned and operated the Taku Glacier Lodge, became the first woman radio operator in the territory, and flew her own bush plane. Mary Joyce’s biggest claim to fame, besides her drive to try new adventures, was her dogsled trip from the Taku Lodge to Fairbanks. Mary was invited to participate in the 1936 Fairbanks Ice Carnival. Always ready for an adventure, Mary decided to drive her dogs on the thousand-mile journey north. It is thanks to Mary Joyce and her courageous spirit that the Taku Glacier Lodge is on the Alaska map and on the National Registry of Historic Places today. Our goal is to share her story and bring the history of the Taku Lodge and Alaska alive!
“I did have three months of perfect happiness. I found what I was looking for… I saw into the hearts of men and women and found everything that was good and beautiful there.” ~Mary Joyce