University of Alaska PRESS

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6 x 9, 394 pages, b&w photos, maps, bibliography, index

Format: paper

Price: $24.95

1987

White Pass - The

Gateway to the Klondike

by Minter, Roy



"A compelling, engrossing story." (Bookwatch)

"A fascinating book which is both a detailed history of the building of the White Pass & Yukon Railroad and a first-rate adventure novel." (Pacific Rail News)

"With The White Pass, Roy Minter has written the definitive history of this extraordinary enterprise. . . . Set against the backdrop of the Klondike gold rush and surrounded by the familiar stream of frontier life, Minter's chronicle is a classic northern adventure. . . . Extremely well produced, this book is a delight to read." (Polar Record)

"This book is, without question, railroad history at its best." (Michigan Rail Fan)

"Don't hesitate to buy this book. You will find yourself engrossed in the unfolding challenge of the White Pass." (Railroad Model Craftsman)

"Gracefully written and handsomely illustrated, this volume should appeal to all readers who are interested in the history of the far North." (Western Historical Quarterly)

"Roy Minter ably brings together a mosaic of individuals, events, plans, construction, etc., involved in this epic undertaking. He deals with it at all levels--from the high stakes maneuvering preceding and during the project to the difficulties and toil of building bridges and tunnels; from the visionary plans to the brute realities; from the activities of the tycoons to those of the schemers. Minter's telling of this incredible feat is the equal of David McCullough's acclaimed account of the building of the Panama Canal." (Small Press Book Review)

"If you enjoy reading Canadian history, you must buy this book. Minter's grasp of his subject is enviable, his knowledge of sources encyclopedic, his affection for the railway contagious." (Calgary Herald)

By the thousands they came, the gold-seekers of 1897, pouring through Alaska's White and Chilkoot passes on their way to the Klondike and to fortune. Fast behind them came the entrepreneurs, the bunco artists, and before long, the engineers and financiers whose driving ambition was to build a railway through the White Pass's rocky precipices. This is the epic northern adventure of the men who rushed for gold, the workers who toiled in winter storms and thaw-time muck, carving the grade and laying rail, and the ingenious characters who dreamed, schemed, promoted, and finally built the White Pass and Yukon Railway.

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