Currier's, an alaskan Adventure, is well worth reading more than once. Currier's quest for gold from 1893 into the 1900s was an admirable pursuit. His account of prospecting ventures in 1898 on the Chena River near Fairbanks is spellbinding, especially in his use of a sternwheeler and his building of cabins as he prospected toward the headwaters.
I have great admiration for the early gold prospectors like Frederick Currier since I have sunk a couple of shafts to bedrock with a windlass and know the effort and determination required. The power of a few nuggets can change a person's direction in life. As the descendant of early miners, a grandfather who prospected for gold in the Fairbanks area in 1908 and a father who mined from the 1920s through the early 1940s, my interest and fascination with Frederick Currier's manuscript was easily spiked.
Island of the Blue Foxes: Disaster and Triumph on the World's Greatest Scientific Expedition A Merloyd Lawrence Book
Petersburg across siberia to the coast of North America, involved over 3, 000 people and cost Peter the Great over one-sixth of his empire's annual revenue. Until now recorded only in academic works, discovered alaska, soldiers, led by the legendary Danish captain Vitus Bering and including scientists, mariners, shipwreck, and led to fame, artists, opened the Pacific fur trade, and laborers, this 10-year venture, and "one of the most tragic and ghastly trials of suffering in the annals of maritime and arctic history.
". The story of the world's largest, and never before fully told the immense 18th-century scientific journey, variously known as the Second Kamchatka Expedition or the Great Northern Expedition, gruesomely tragic, longest, triumphantly successful, and best financed scientific expedition of all time, from St.
The Klondike Stampede
He recorded the klondike gold Rush in his book The Klondike Stampede which was first published in 1900 Of hundreds of gold rush accounts, his stands out as one of the best” The British Columbian Quarterly Tappan Adney was an artist, writer and photographer. He passed away in 1950 Gold was discovered in the Klondike in August 16, 1896.
When news of the discovery arrived in Seattle and San Francisco the following year it triggered one of the largest gold rushes in the history of North America. While there he interviewed men and women who hoped to make their fortune, observed the community that had seemingly sprung up overnight and records in detail how the prospectors searched for gold.
He stayed in dawson, where the gold rush was centered, from October 2nd through to September 16th the following year. This book is a fascinating portrayal of adventurers and prospectors who descended on the Yukon during this extraordinary event in the late nineteenth century. Tappan adney, a young writer and photographer who worked for Harper’s Weekly, set out on a journey to uncover and record what it was like in the Klondike stampede.
The white and chilkoot Passes were fatal for many who attempted to get through them with poor equipment. Adney explains in vivid detail the treacherous route that these gold-hunters were forced to make in order to make it to the Yukon.
The Floor of Heaven: A True Tale of the Last Frontier and the Yukon Gold Rush
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, Indian fighters, prospectors, trappers, cowboys, and lawmen--are now victims of their own success.
. In a true-life tale that rivets from the first page, a california-born american marine who’s adopted by an indian tribe, a top-hand sharp-shooting cowboy who becomes one of the Pinkerton Detective Agency’s shrewdest; George Carmack, raises a family with a Taglish squaw, we meet Charlie Siringo, 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.
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. 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.
Hanging in the balance: George Carmack’s fortune in gold.
On the Arctic Frontier: Ernest Leffingwell's Polar Explorations and Legacy
Leffingwell remained behind, and with substantial assistance from his Inupiat neighbors, the driven young geologist explored, surveyed and documented geography along Alaska's north coast and what is now the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge ANWR. Eager to investigate rumors of land north of Alaska, Ernest deKoven Leffingwell and Ejnar Mikkelsen organized the 1906 Anglo American Polar Expedition.
On the north slope of the brooks Range, he pioneered research in ground ice permafrost, observed birds, and collected wildlife specimens. Despite extreme conditions, they determined the edge of the continental shelf--a significant geographic discovery. His groundbreaking work still informs scientists and scholars.
Cruisin' the Fossil Coastline: The Travels of an Artist and a Scientist along the Shores of the Prehistoric Pacific
In this long-awaited sequel kirk johnson and ray troll are back on a road trip—driving, flying, and boating their way from Baja, California to northern Alaska in search of the fossil secrets of North America’s Pacific coast. Its wonders include extinct marine mammals, Alaskan palms, pygmy mammoths, shark-bitten camels, immense ammonites, polar dinosaurs, oyster bears, California walruses, and a lava-baked rhinoceros.
They hunt for fossils, visit museums, meet scientists and paleonerds, and sleuth out untold stories of extinct worlds. Join in for a fossil journey through deep time and discover how the west coast became the place it is today. As one of the oldest coasts on earth, the west coast is a rich ground for fossil discovery.
Dead Reckoning: The Untold Story of the Northwest Passage
By integrating non-british and fur-trade explorers and, above all, Canada’s indigenous peoples, this work brings the story of Arctic discovery into the twenty-first century. Informed by the author’s own voyages and researches in the Arctic, multi-dimensional saga that demolishes myths, and illustrated throughout, Dead Reckoning is a colourful, exposes pretenders and celebrates unsung heroes.
Dead reckoning challenges the conventional narrative, which emerged out of Victorian England and focused almost exclusively on Royal Navy officers. Orthodox history celebrates such naval figures as John Franklin, Edward Parry and James Clark Ross. For canadians, it brings that story home. Dead reckoning tells their stories, tattanoeuck, Akaitcho, but the book also encompasses such forgotten heroes as Thanadelthur, Ouligbuck, Tookoolito and Ebierbing, to name just a few.
. For international readers, it sets out a new story of Arctic discovery. With this book—his most ambitious yet—Ken McGoogan delivers a vivid, comprehensive recasting of Arctic-exploration history. Without the assistance of the inuit, Erebus and Terror, Franklin’s recently discovered ships, would still be lying undiscovered at the bottom of the polar sea.
The book ranges from the sixteenth century to the present day, looks at climate change and the politics of the Northwest Passage, and recognizes the cultural diversity of a centuries-old quest.
Kings of the Yukon: One Summer Paddling Across the Far North
But climate change and a globalized economy have fundamentally altered the balance between man and nature; the health and numbers of king salmon are in question, as is the fate of the communities that depend on them. He offers a powerful, nuanced glimpse into indigenous cultures, and into our ever-complicated relationship with the natural world.
Every summer, where they breed and die, hundreds of thousands of king salmon migrate the distance of the Yukon to their spawning grounds, in what is the longest salmon run in the world. Kings of the yukon succeeds as an adventure tale, a natural history and a work of art. Wall street journal a thrilling journey by canoe across Alaska, by critically acclaimed writer Adam Weymouth The Yukon river is 2, 000 miles long, the longest stretch of free-flowing river in the United States.
In this riveting examination of one of the last wild places on earth, Adam Weymouth canoes along the river's length, through Alaska, from Canada's Yukon Territory, to the Bering Sea. The result is a book that shows how even the most remote wilderness is affected by the same forces reshaping the rest of the planet.
. For the communities that live along the river, salmon was once the lifeblood of the economy and local culture. Weaving in the rich history of salmon across time as well as the science behind their mysterious life cycle, Kings of the Yukon is extraordinary adventure and nature writing at its most urgent and poetic.
Traveling along the yukon as the salmon migrate, a four-month journey through untrammeled landscape, Adam Weymouth traces the fundamental interconnectedness of people and fish through searing and unforgettable portraits of the individuals he encounters.
The Great Quake: How the Biggest Earthquake in North America Changed Our Understanding of the Planet
Geological Survey, arrived to investigate. His fascinating scientific detective work in the months that followed helped confirm the then-controversial theory of plate tectonics. In a compelling tale about the almost unimaginable brute force of nature, New York Times science journalist Henry Fountain combines history and science to bring the quake and its aftermath to life in vivid detail.
With deep, often in the company of george plafker, on-the-ground reporting from Alaska, Fountain shows how the earthquake left its mark on the land and its people -- and on science. The violent shaking, followed by massive tsunamis, devastated the southern half of the state and killed more than 130 people.
A day later, george Plafker, a geologist with the U. S. On march 27, 1964, a magnitude 9. 2. At 5:36 p. M. Earthquake – the second most powerful in world history – struck the young state of Alaska. New york times book review editors' choicein the bestselling tradition of erik larson’s isaac’s storm, The Great Quake is a riveting narrative about the biggest earthquake in North American recorded history -- the 1964 Alaska earthquake that demolished the city of Valdez and swept away the island village of Chenega -- and the geologist who hunted for clues to explain how and why it took place.
Tip of the Iceberg: My 3,000-Mile Journey Around Wild Alaska, the Last Great American Frontier
The national bestseller**from the acclaimed, bestselling author of Turn Right at Machu Picchu, wild, America's last frontierIn 1899, a fascinating, and wonder-filled journey into Alaska, railroad magnate Edward H. Harriman organized a most unusual summer voyage to the wilds of Alaska: He converted a steamship into a luxury "floating university, " populated by some of America's best and brightest scientists and writers, including the anti-capitalist eco-prophet John Muir.
. Along the way, he encounters dozens of unusual characters and a couple of very hungry bears and investigates how lessons learned in 1899 might relate to Alaska's current struggles in adapting to the pressures of a changing climate and world. More than a hundred years later, alaska is still America's most sublime wilderness, both the lure that draws one million tourists annually on Inside Passage cruises and as a natural resources larder waiting to be raided.
Those aboard encountered a land of immeasurable beauty and impending environmental calamity. Traveling town to town by water, adams ventures three thousand miles north through Wrangell, and Glacier Bay, Juneau, then continues west into the colder and stranger regions of the Aleutians and the Arctic Circle.
As ever, it remains a magnet for weirdos and dreamers. Armed with dramamine and an industrial-strength mosquito net, Mark Adams sets out to retrace the 1899 expedition.
What Happened in Craig: Alaska's Worst Unsolved Mass Murder
Eight people, including a pregnant woman and two small children, were missing. On the charred wreck of the investor, troopers hoped to find evidence that the fire was accidental, and that the crew and family were away from the scene. The investigation of the case and arrest of a former crewmember of the Investor became a nationwide sensation, with headlines appearing in the New York Times and People Magazine.
All efforts to stop the blaze were repulsed by the heat and fury of fire--until the blaze had run its course. Convoluted motivations, family secrets, a lawyer bent on protecting his client, family members of the victims seeking answers swirl into a story only one person can know--and he isn't telling. Leland hale, author of butcher, meticulously researched the events of the investor tragedy, and when alibis don't line up and witnesses doubt their own memory, Baker: The True Account of an Alaskan Serial Killer, Hale's narrative pulls the unraveling story together into a book that will keep your attention long after you turn the final page.
On a foggy afternoon in september of 1982 the Investor, a salmon fishing vessel, was engulfed in flames near the tiny village of Craig, Alaska. John kenneth peel, a bellingham fisherman was the center of the investigation and eventual trials for murder and arson. Instead, they found bullet-ridden bodies.