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Daughter of the Gold Rush

Author: Klondy Nelson
Publisher: New York, Random House [1958]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Alaska! Even today, the mere sound of the name touches off heady dreams of romance and adventure. But imagine what it was like in the early days of the Klondike gold rush, just before the turn of the century. Imagine what it was like for a woman. It was the last frontier of the American dream--the dream of discovery and pioneering and the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow--or just over the next snow-covered  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Autobiographies
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Nelson, Klondy, b. 1897.
Daughter of the Gold Rush.
New York : Random House, ©1958
(OCoLC)590599392
Named Person: Klondy Nelson; Klondy Nelson
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Klondy Nelson
OCLC Number: 773717
Description: 173 pages illustrations 22 cm
Responsibility: [by] Klondy Nelson with Corey Ford.

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"Alaska! Even today, the mere sound of the name touches off heady dreams of romance and adventure. But imagine what it was like in the early days of the Klondike gold rush, just before the turn of the century. Imagine what it was like for a woman. It was the last frontier of the American dream--the dream of discovery and pioneering and the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow--or just over the next snow-covered hill. It was a restless, violent land, a rich-one-day-and-poor-the-next land, a let's-move-on-to-the-next-strike land. Only a woman who lived through it could know what it was like--and Alaska was home for Klondy Nelson from the time she was four years old until she was a grown woman. Klondy's father was a prospector whose compulsive search for gold transcended everything else in his life, even his family. He struck out for the Klondike alone when Klondy was a baby. Four years later his wife and child joined him, and Klondy grew up in the boom town of Nome. It was a tough, raucous, violent town for a little girl. Prospectors, gamblers, claim jumpers and prostitutes rubbed elbows with famous explorers like Wilkins and Amundsen, and promoters like Tex Rickard, who ran a saloon in Nome. Klondy knew them all (even an ambitious kid called Jimmy, who later came to be known as General Doolittle!) and took her world in stride. Even after her father--still looking for a bigger strike on the other side of the hill--left his wife and two children forever, the little family kept going. Klondy did not leave Alaska until she went to study music in the States, and she resolved then and there never to return to the primitive life of the North. But that was before she met Frank Dufresne. His job was wildlife reconnaissance in Alaska and points north, and when she married him, Klondy went right back to Alaska! Buoyed up by love and the excitement of a new kind of frontier life, Klondy traveled with her husband by dog sled, kept house for Frank and their baby daughter in a cabin boat, made friends with the Eskimos--and once even shot a bear to save her child's life!"--Jacket.

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