Gold Rush Women

Gold Rush Women

Book - 1997
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This book gathers the riveting stories of adventurous women-miners, madams, merchants, and mothers -- who went North during the gold rush era.
Publisher: Anchorage ; Seattle : Alaska Northwest Books, c1997.
ISBN: 9780882404844
0882404849
Characteristics: 126 pages :,illustrations, color maps ;,23 cm.
Additional Contributors: Haigh, Jane G.

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DorisWaggoner
Jul 08, 2015

Fascinating vignettes, with photos, of women who participated in Alaska's Gold Rush, in chronological order. The 10% of miners who were women were as varied as the men. Some were First Peoples who married white prospectors; others ranged from a Swedish immigrant to a bored Chicago socialite who wanted more from life. (Her husband couldn't handle Alaska and went home while she stayed.) All wanted both adventure and the riches gold could bring. Adventure, all got. Riches, only a few got. Some brought husbands or children. Others married in Alaska. Some had children there, one in the middle of the journey in winter. All were changed by their experiences, whether those included running a restaurant, hotel, insurance business, or brothel, or digging for gold alone or with someone else. Two ended up in the legislature. The authors found information hard to come by, mostly from newspapers, archives and family members. I applaud their research and the book; I'd just have liked more. If you read just one brief history of the Gold Rush in Alaska, I'd recommend this one, because it includes men as well, while general books on mining don't include women. This book includes both technical and social aspects.

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