Klondike

Klondike

The Last Great Gold Rush, 1896-1899

eBook - 2001
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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.
Publisher: Toronto : Anchor Canada, 2001, c1972.
Edition: Rev. ed., Anchor Canada paperback ed.
ISBN: 9780385673648
0385673647
Characteristics: 1 online resource (460 p.) : maps.

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marike_marike
Apr 24, 2017

I wonder why the Calgary Library has no paper copy of this classic book to borrow!?

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Dave99_0
Dec 18, 2015

"Klondike" is an excellent overview book on the Klondike Gold Rush. Truth is stranger than fiction. For fans of the Klondike Gold Rush, I would rate "Klondike" at 5.0 stars. This is one book that readers will eventually reread.

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