328 pages, 6 maps, 23 b&w photos
Here is the story of the rough, bawdy,
adventurous men and women who brought Alaska and
the Yukon to national attention in the gold rush of 1897.
Now in paperback, this classic book provides a rare
glimpse at the social players that pique the armchair
Hunt has written an anecdotal narrative that follows
hungry prospectors, canny shopkeepers, hopeful
hangers-on, and crafty lawyers through a succession of
gold camps and temporary towns stretching north from
Skagway to Dawson and Circle on the Yukon, deep in the
northern interior, and then west through the flashes of
Rampart, Ruby, and Iditarod, to Nome on the Bering Sea.
"Saints and sinners, whores and housewives, swindlers
and laborers alike," writes Hunt, "attempted a hasty
adjustment to novel conditions in a land that seemed
strange and forbidding."