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Klondike

The Last Great Gold Rush, 1896-1899

Author: Pierre Berton

Publisher: Anchor Canada

ISBN: 0385673647

Category: History

Page: 496

View: 4703

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.

Klondike; the Last Great Gold Rush

1896-1899

Author: Pierre Berton

Publisher: NY Books

ISBN: N.A

Category: Canada

Page: 472

View: 4583

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. "From the Trade Paperback edition.

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

View: 1674

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.

Gold Diggers

Striking it Rich in the Klondike

Author: Charlotte Gray

Publisher: Counterpoint Press

ISBN: 1582436118

Category: History

Page: 413

View: 7390

Drawing on letters, memoirs, and newspaper articles, tells the story of the Klondike Gold Rush through the lives of six people, including writer Jack London, businesswoman Belinda Mulrooney, British journalist Flora Shaw, and miner William Haskell.

The Klondike Fever: The Life And Death Of The Last Great Gold Rush

Author: Pierre Berton

Publisher: Pickle Partners Publishing

ISBN: 1786256738

Category: History

Page: 407

View: 8498

“Absolutely first-rate.”—The New Yorker This thrilling story is at once first-rate history and first-rate entertainment. Incredible events occurred in North America after a decrepit steamboat docked at Seattle in 1897 containing two tons of pure gold. So frenzied was the clash for gold and so scant was information about conditions in the Klondike that the rush for riches became a kind of fabulous madness. The entire tale—of which Pierre Berton’s account is the definitive telling—has an epic ring (legends were lived and fortunes were won) as much because of its splendid folly as because of its color and motion. “The definitive account of an affair as wildly improbable as any in North American history.”—Saturday Review “A lively saga of the great gold rush. It is the most complete and most authentic on the subject in English.”—The New York Times Book Review

Good Time Girls of the Alaska-Yukon Gold Rush

Author: Lael Morgan

Publisher: Epicenter Press

ISBN: 9780945397762

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 352

View: 7543

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.

Yukon Gold

The Story of the Klondike Gold Rush

Author: Charlotte Foltz Jones

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 99

View: 8726

Recounts the quest for gold that took place in the late 1890s in the Klondike region of the Yukon Territory of northwestern Canada.

Klondike Women

True Tales of the 1897-98 Gold Rush

Author: Melanie J. Mayer

Publisher: Swallow Press

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 267

View: 3030

Collects photographs and accounts of the adventures of women on the trails to the Klondike gold fields

I Married the Klondike

Author: Laura Beatrice Berton

Publisher: Pickle Partners Publishing

ISBN: 1789120594

Category: History

Page: 207

View: 9962

First published in 1954, this is a true story of love and adventure which traces the history of Dawson City through the eyes of a young schoolteacher from Canada and the penniless Yukon miner she married... “This is a brave book. It is a record of a woman’s courage and devotion in a hostile land. It is the story of a refined and sensitive girl who found happiness the hard way, and triumphed over conditions that would have driven most women to distraction. It is also a tribute to a husband who with hand, heart and head was outstanding in a world of worthy men. “I have read many books on the Yukon, but this is different...It is the gallant personality of the author which shines on every page, and makes her chronicle a saga of the High North.” (Robert W. Service, Preface)

The Great Gold Rush

Author: William Henry Pope Jarvis

Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand

ISBN: 3732699048

Category: Fiction

Page: 232

View: 6348

Reproduction of the original: The Great Gold Rush by William Henry Pope Jarvis

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: 4721

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.

Call of the Klondike

Author: David Meissner,Kim Richardson

Publisher: Highlights Press

ISBN: 1629797847

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 168

View: 1897

As thousands head north in search of gold, Marshall Bond and Stanley Pearce join them, booking passage on a steamship bound for the Klondike goldfields. The journey is life threatening, but the two friends make it to Dawson City, in Canada, build a cabin, and meet Jack London—all the while searching for the ultimate reward: gold! A riveting, true, action-packed adventure, with their telegrams, diaries, and letters, as well as newspaper articles and photographs. An author's note, timeline, bibliography, and further resources encourage readers to dig deeper into the Gold Rush era. Call of the Klondike has been awarded the 2014 Golden Kite Award for Nonfiction.

The Last Great Gold Rush

A Klondike Reader

Author: Graham Wilson

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780968709122

Category: History

Page: 224

View: 8441

The Klondike was the last great gold rush, and this collection records this epic adventure at its gripping best. This anthology of historical writing is an honest portrait by famous writers as well as ordinary stampeders. Included are works by Robert Service, William Ogilvie, Jack London, Tappan Adney, and many others.

Jack London and the Klondike Gold Rush

Author: Peter Lourie

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company (BYR)

ISBN: 0805097589

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 208

View: 2015

Here is a compelling middle grade nonfiction tale of how one classic writer drew upon a rugged life of adventure to create works of literature, punctuated by stunning black-and-white art by Wendell Minor and illustrative photographic material. Swept up in the Gold Rush of 1897, young Jack London headed north to strike it rich in the Klondike and discovered something more precious than gold—the seeds of the stories that would flower into his classic novels The Call of the Wild and White Fang, and timeless short stories such as "To Build A Fire." This gripping tale follows London as he treks up the ruthless Chilkoot Trail, braves the lethal Whitehorse Rapids, survives a bad case of scurvy, and conquers many more dangers of the Yukon during his quest for gold. A Christy Ottaviano Book

Chilkoot Pass, the Most Famous Trail in the North

Author: Archie Satterfield

Publisher: Alaska Northwest Books

ISBN: 9780882401096

Category: Travel

Page: 213

View: 1484

Additions include a chapter on the role of Seattle in the gold rush, the creation of the Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park, a map of the trail and a guide for hikers.

Goldfield

the last gold rush on the western frontier

Author: Sally Springmeyer Zanjani

Publisher: Swallow Pr

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 289

View: 9675

"A vibrant appreciation of the tremendous vitality that marked Goldfield in its glory days". -- Western Historical Quarterly

The Klondike Quest

A Photographic Essay 1897-1899

Author: Pierre Berton,Frank Newfeld,Barbara Sears

Publisher: Erin, Ont. : Boston Mills Press

ISBN: 9781550464535

Category: History

Page: 239

View: 3225

Now in paperback: A special edition celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Klondike gold rush -- written by Canada's leading popular historian and illustrated with over 200 rare period photographs.

The Last Spike

The Great Railway, 1881-1885

Author: Pierre Berton

Publisher: Anchor Canada

ISBN: 038567354X

Category: History

Page: 496

View: 8996

In the four years between 1881 and 1885, Canada was forged into one nation by the building of the Canadian Pacific Railway. The Last Spike reconstructs the incredible story of how some 2,000 miles of steel crossed the continent in just five years — exactly half the time stipulated in the contract. Pierre Berton recreates the adventures that were part of this vast undertaking: the railway on the brink of bankruptcy, with one hour between it and ruin; the extraordinary land boom of Winnipeg in 1881–1882; and the epic tale of how William Van Horne rushed 3,000 soldiers over a half-finished railway to quell the Riel Rebellion. Dominating the whole saga are the men who made it all possible — a host of astonishing characters: Van Horne, the powerhouse behind the vision of a transcontinental railroad; Rogers, the eccentric surveyor; Onderdonk, the cool New Yorker; Stephen, the most emotional of businessmen; Father Lacombe, the black-robed voyageur; Sam Steele, of the North West Mounted Police; Gabriel Dumont, the Prince of the Prairies; more than 7,000 Chinese workers, toiling and dying in the canyons of the Fraser Valley; and many more — land sharks, construction geniuses, politicians, and entrepreneurs — all of whom played a role in the founding of the new Canada west of Ontario. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Gold Rush in the Jungle

The Race to Discover and Defend the Rarest Animals of Vietnam's "Lost World"

Author: Dan Drollette, Jr.

Publisher: Crown

ISBN: 0307955877

Category: Nature

Page: 336

View: 8038

An engrossing, adventure-filled account of the rush to discover and save Vietnam's most extraordinary animals Deep in the jungle where the borders of Vietnam meet those of Laos and Cambodia is a region known as "the lost world." Large mammals never seen before by Western science have popped up frequently in these mountains in the last decade, including a half-goat/half-ox, a deer that barks, and a close relative of the nearly extinct Javan rhino. In an age when scientists are excited by discovering a new kind of tube worm, the thought of finding and naming a new large terrestrial mammal is astonishing, and wildlife biologists from all over the world are flocking to this dangerous region. The result is a race between preservation and destruction. Containing research gathered from famous biologists, conservationists, indigenous peoples, former POWs, ex-Viet Cong, and the first U.S. ambassador to Vietnam since the war's end, Gold Rush in the Jungle goes deep into the valleys, hills, and hollows of Vietnam to explore the research, the international trade in endangered species, the lingering effects of Agent Orange, and the effort of a handful of biologists to save the world's rarest animals.

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