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Gold Rush Women

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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.

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jjares

Great Stories, Maps and Photos:

by jjares on Aug 3, 2013

In order to get a feel for the American history that our ancestors lived, I ordered about 10 books related to women in the West. This is the third one I?ve read and it is wonderful. I am in awe of the women who made the almost impossible trip to the Yukon area (many men and women turned back). When they arrived in the Alaska-British Columbia region, there were no homes waiting for them with a warm light in the fireplace; they had to cut a home from the wilderness and plant extensive gardens (if they planned to eat anything other than wild game). The odds against being successful in this endeavor were staggering ? and yet many women prevailed. If you are facing an impossible task, this is the book to read to inspire yourself to get going! If the stories are amazing, the photos and maps selected are often priceless. They show in unvarnished black-and-white how difficult life was for anyone. There are individual vignettes of famous and not-so-famous men and women who made a difference in this frozen land. Because there were so few in the region, people helped each other to survive and thrive. Some stories are about women who struck it rich quickly; see Ethel Berry?s story (the lady tipping her hat on the cover). She and her new husband were able to leave the Icebox-of-the-North in a year with unbelievable riches! Did you know that Josie and Wyatt Earp (yes, THAT Wyatt) went to the Yukon ? as gamblers? Their unusual story is included here. The early men adventurers came alone. They married native women who taught them important skills so they could survive. This book does a lovely job of highlighting these Athabascan ladies. I DO, I DO, I DO by Maggie Osborne is a fictional account of three women who braved the Yukon it is one of the funniest books I?ve read this year). Now that I?ve read this book (GOLD RUSH WOMEN), I plan to reread the book. GRW offers maps and information that will add greatly to my understanding of the difficulties encountered in I DO X 3. This is a treasure of a book that helps to explain the pioneering spirit of our ancestors in the 1800-1900?s. 5 stars

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