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The Last Great Gold Rush, 1896-1899

Author: Pierre Berton

Publisher: Anchor Canada

ISBN: 0385673647

Category: History

Page: 496

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With the building of the railroad and the settlement of the plains, the North West was opening up. The Klondike stampede was a wild interlude in the epic story of western development, and here are its dramatic tales of hardship, heroism, and villainy. We meet Soapy Smith, dictator of Skagway; Swiftwater Bill Gates, who bathed in champagne; Silent Sam Bonnifield, who lost and won back a hotel in a poker game; and Roddy Connors, who danced away a fortune at a dollar a dance. We meet dance-hall queens, paupers turned millionaires, missionaries and entrepreneurs, and legendary Mounties such as Sam Steele, the Lion of the Yukon. Pierre Berton's riveting account reveals to us the spectacle of the Chilkoot Pass, and the terrors of lesser-known trails through the swamps of British Columbia, across the glaciers of souther Alaska, and up the icy streams of the Mackenzie Mountains. It contrasts the lawless frontier life on the American side of the border to the relative safety of Dawson City. Winner of the Governor General's award for non-fiction, Klondike is authentic history and grand entertainment, and a must-read for anyone interested in the Canadian frontier.

The Great Gold Rush

Author: W. H. P. (William Henry Pope) Jarvis

Publisher: Charles River Editors via PublishDrive

ISBN: 1537808923

Category: History

Page: 273

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The Great Gold Rush is a classic fiction tale of the Klondike Gold Rush, based on true stories.

The great American gold rush

Author: Rhoda Blumberg

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780590476980

Category: California

Page: 135

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Describes the emigration of people from the East Coast of the United States and from foreign countries to California to pursue the dream of discovering gold.

Gold Rush Saints

California Mormons and the Great Rush for Riches

Author: Kenneth N. Owens

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press

ISBN: 9780806136813

Category: History

Page: 396

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Combines narrative history and firsthand Mormon accounts that cast light on the presence of Latter-day Saints in California during the Gold Rush in the middle 1840s. Reprint.

California Women and Politics

From the Gold Rush to the Great Depression

Author: Robert W. Cherny

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 0803236085

Category: Political Science

Page: 425

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An edited volume exploring the role women played in California politics in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Gold Fever

One Man's Adventures on the Trail of the Gold Rush

Author: Steve Boggan

Publisher: Oneworld Publications

ISBN: 1780746970

Category: Travel

Page: 320

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One Thursday in 2008 the price of gold went above a thousand dollars an ounce for the first time in history. All over the world, at least in countries with gold-bearing soil, people with no experience of prospecting began shopping for shovels and pickaxes, gold pans, tents, generators and all manner of equipment they had no idea how to use. And off they went mining. Steve Boggan followed them, packing his bags and flying to San Francisco to join the 21st century’s gold rush in a quest to understand the allure of the metal – and maybe find a bit for himself, too. He also takes us back in time to the original San Fransiscan gold rush, two centuries ago, and gets a crash course in the science and economics of gold. Written with Boggan’s characteristic wit and self-effacing charm, Gold Rush is a hugely entertaining travelogue and a unique insight into the history and future of the world’s most seductive metal.

What Was the Gold Rush?

Author: Joan Holub

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101610298

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 112

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In 1848, gold was discovered in California, attracting over 300,000 people from all over the world, some who struck it rich and many more who didn't. Hear the stories about the gold-seeking "forty-niners!" With black-and white illustrations and sixteen pages of photos, a nugget from history is brought to life!

The Chilkoot Pass and the Great Gold Rush of 1898

Author: Richard J. Friesen

Publisher: [Hull, Quebec] : National Historic Parks and Sites Branch, Parks Canada


Category: Chilkoot Pass

Page: 144

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Traces the history of the Chilkoot Pass, emphasizing its important role in transportation, the great rush of 1898 and the establishment of an administrative structure after the boom period.

Gold Fever!

Tales from the California Gold Rush

Author: Rosalyn Schanzer

Publisher: National Geographic Books

ISBN: 9781426300400

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 48

View: 1517

Uses lighthearted illustrations and excerpts from letters, journals, and newspaper articles to relate the story of the California Gold Rush of 1848.

The Nature of Gold

An Environmental History of the Klondike Gold Rush

Author: Kathryn Morse

Publisher: University of Washington Press

ISBN: 0295989874

Category: History

Page: 304

View: 9110

In 1896, a small group of prospectors discovered a stunningly rich pocket of gold at the confluence of the Klondike and Yukon rivers, and in the following two years thousands of individuals traveled to the area, hoping to find wealth in a rugged and challenging setting. Ever since that time, the Klondike Gold Rush - especially as portrayed in photographs of long lines of gold seekers marching up Chilkoot Pass - has had a hold on the popular imagination. In this first environmental history of the gold rush, Kathryn Morse describes how the miners got to the Klondike, the mining technologies they employed, and the complex networks by which they obtained food, clothing, and tools. She looks at the political and economic debates surrounding the valuation of gold and the emerging industrial economy that exploited its extraction in Alaska, and explores the ways in which a web of connections among America�s transportation, supply, and marketing industries linked miners to other industrial and agricultural laborers across the country. The profound economic and cultural transformations that supported the Alaska-Yukon gold rush ultimately reverberate to modern times. The story Morse tells is often narrated through the diaries and letters of the miners themselves. The daunting challenges of traveling, working, and surviving in the raw wilderness are illustrated not only by the miners� compelling accounts but by newspaper reports and advertisements. Seattle played a key role as �gateway to the Klondike.� A public relations campaign lured potential miners to the West and local businesses seized the opportunity to make large profits while thousands of gold seekers streamed through Seattle. The drama of the miners� journeys north, their trials along the gold creeks, and their encounters with an extreme climate will appeal not only to scholars of the western environment and of late-19th-century industrialism, but to readers interested in reliving the vivid adventure of the West�s last great gold rush.

Gold at Fortymile Creek

Early Days in the Yukon

Author: Michael Gates

Publisher: UBC Press

ISBN: 9780774804929

Category: History

Page: 200

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Gold at Fortymile Creek tells the story of the search for gold in the Yukon before the great Klondike gold rush. Michael Gates writes about the life and times of the early pioneers, who suffered unimaginable hardships in search of the big strike. It is a story about survival and adversity, life and death, good times and bad on one of the harshest, most formidable frontiers in the world. The book, based on the accounts of dozens of prospectors, follows the first gold-seekers from their arrival in 1873 until the stamped to the Klondike in 1896. Gates captures the essence of these early years of the gold rush, about which very little has been written. He chronicles the trials, heartbreaks, and successes of the unique and hardy individualists who searched for gold in the wilderness. With names like Swiftwater Bill, Crooked Leg Louie, Slobbery Tom, and Tin Kettle George, these men lived in total isolation beyond the borders of civilization. They were often eccentrics and outcasts, who shaped their own rules, their own justice and their own social order. Into this no-man’s-land came the harbingers of civilization: the traders, missionaries, gentlemen travellers, pioneer women, North-West Mounted Police, and counless others who populated the rough-and-ready settlements--Fort Reliance, Forty Mile, Circle, and Dawson--which grew up around each new find. Fascinating and informative, Gold at Fortymile Creek tells the story of a rag-tag group of risk-takers and dreamers, who set the stage for one of the most remarkable events of the nineteenth century--the Klondike gold rush.

The California Gold Rush

Author: May McNeer

Publisher: Turtleback

ISBN: 9780606129022

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 156

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Traces the history of the gold rush in California including anecdotes about legendary characters and fabulous "strikes" of the mining camps.

The Great Klondike Gold Rush

An Omnibus

Author: Pierre Berton

Publisher: Fifth House

ISBN: 9781897252055

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 290

View: 1974

Describes Yukon's gold rush including the town of Dawson City, major personalities, and the struggles and hardships faced by the prospectors.

The Chilkoot Pass and the Great Gold Rush of 1898

Author: Richard J. Friesen

Publisher: [Hull, Quebec] : National Historic Parks and Sites Branch, Parks Canada


Category: Chilkoot Pass

Page: 144

View: 5007

Traces the history of the Chilkoot Pass, emphasizing its important role in transportation, the great rush of 1898 and the establishment of an administrative structure after the boom period.

Good Time Girls of the Alaska-Yukon Gold Rush

Author: Lael Morgan

Publisher: Epicenter Press

ISBN: 9780945397762

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 352

View: 4314

Morgan offers an authentic and deliciously humorous account of the prostitutes and other "disreputable" women who were the earliest female pioneers of the Far North. At the turn of the century, tens of thousands of Americans left their homes, escaping a worldwide depression & the restraints of the Victorian Era, to stampede to Alaska & the Yukon, where millions of dollars in gold was being discovered in remote, subartic mining camps. Women accompanied the men on the long journey to the Far North--more often prostitutes, dance hall girls & entertainers than respectful wives & schoolteachers. These are the girls of the demimonde, that "half world" of disreputable women who lived on the outskirts of society. Meet "Dutch Kate" Wilson, who pioneered many areas long before the "respectable" women who received credit for getting there first; ruthless heartbreakers Cad Wilson & Rose Blumkin; "French Marie" Larose, who auctioned herself off as a wife to the highest bidder; & Edith Neile, called the "Oregon Mare," famous for both her outlandish behavior & her soft-hearted generosity. These "good time girls" crossed geographic & social frontiers, finding freedom, independence, hardship, heartbreak & sometimes astonishing wealth. They were an important part of this key chapter in the history of the West, which holds a special place in the American imagination.

The Floor of Heaven

A True Tale of the Last Frontier and the Yukon Gold Rush

Author: Howard Blum

Publisher: Crown

ISBN: 9780307461742

Category: History

Page: 432

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New York Times bestselling author Howard Blum expertly weaves together three narratives to tell the true story of the 1897 Klondike Gold Rush. It is the last decade of the 19th century. The Wild West has been tamed and its fierce, independent and often violent larger-than-life figures--gun-toting wanderers, trappers, prospectors, Indian fighters, cowboys, and lawmen--are now victims of their own success. But then gold is discovered in Alaska and the adjacent Canadian Klondike and a new frontier suddenly looms: an immense unexplored territory filled with frozen waterways, dark spruce forests, and towering mountains capped by glistening layers of snow and ice. In a true-life tale that rivets from the first page, we meet Charlie Siringo, a top-hand sharp-shooting cowboy who becomes one of the Pinkerton Detective Agency’s shrewdest; George Carmack, a California-born American Marine who’s adopted by an Indian tribe, raises a family with a Taglish squaw, and makes the discovery that starts off the Yukon Gold Rush; and Jefferson "Soapy" Smith, a sly and inventive conman who rules a vast criminal empire. As we follow this trio’s lives, we’re led inexorably into a perplexing mystery: a fortune in gold bars has somehow been stolen from the fortress-like Treadwell Mine in Juneau, Alaska. Charlie Siringo discovers that to run the thieves to ground, he must embark on a rugged cross-territory odyssey that will lead him across frigid waters and through a frozen wilderness to face down "Soapy" Smith and his gang of 300 cutthroats. Hanging in the balance: George Carmack’s fortune in gold. At once a compelling true-life mystery and an unforgettable portrait of a time in America’s history, The Floor of Heaven is also an exhilarating tribute to the courage and undaunted spirit of the men and women who helped shape America.

The California Gold Rush

The Stampede that Changed the World

Author: Mark A. Eifler

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317910214

Category: History

Page: 234

View: 5165

In January of 1848, James Marshall discovered gold at Sutter's Mill in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. For a year afterward, news of this discovery spread outward from California and started a mass migration to the gold fields. Thousands of people from the East Coast aspiring to start new lives in California financed their journey West on the assumption that they would be able to find wealth. Some were successful, many were not, but they all permanently changed the face of the American West. In this text, Mark Eifler examines the experiences of the miners, demonstrates how the gold rush affected the United States, and traces the development of California and the American West in the second half of the nineteenth century. This migration dramatically shifted transportation systems in the US, led to a more powerful federal role in the West, and brought about mining regulation that lasted well into the twentieth century. Primary sources from the era and web materials help readers comprehend what it was like for these nineteenth-century Americans who gambled everything on the pursuit of gold.

The Great Ocean

Pacific Worlds from Captain Cook to the Gold Rush

Author: David Igler

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199914958

Category: History

Page: 255

View: 6655

A groundbreaking and lyrically written work that explores the world of the Pacific Ocean.

The Age of Gold

The California Gold Rush and the New American Dream

Author: H.W. Brands

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 0307481220

Category: History

Page: 592

View: 3737

The California Gold Rush inspired a new American dream—the “dream of instant wealth, won by audacity and good luck.” The discovery of gold on the American River in 1848 triggered the most astonishing mass movement of peoples since the Crusades. It drew fortune-seekers from the ends of the earth, accelerated America’s imperial expansion, and exacerbated the tensions that exploded in the Civil War. H.W. Brands tells his epic story from multiple perspectives: of adventurers John and Jessie Fremont, entrepreneur Leland Stanford, and the wry observer Samuel Clemens—side by side with prospectors, soldiers, and scoundrels. He imparts a visceral sense of the distances they traveled, the suffering they endured, and the fortunes they made and lost. Impressive in its scholarship and overflowing with life, The Age of Gold is history in the grand traditions of Stephen Ambrose and David McCullough.

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