A Beautiful Mine: Women Prospectors of the Old West / Edition 1

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“The grandest and healthiest life known is this rough pioneer life. And I don’t see why more women are not in the hills.” —Lillian Malcolm, 1905As owners of claims and as workers on the land, female miners made fortunes panning and mining, working right alongside men in the copper, silver, and gold fields of the American West. These determined and adventurous women were forces to be reckoned with as they faced countless hardships and harsh conditions in the mountains of Colorado, California, and all the way up to Alaska. A Beautiful Mine recounts the amazing stories of eleven of these women, including: Baby Doe Tabor, the stunning beauty with a definite mind of her own, who stood by a promise she made to her mining mogul husband on his deathbed—a promise that took her on a path from riches to rags. Nellie Cashman, who not only searched for gold but had a heart of gold, offering a clean, safe boardinghouse to those in need, whether they could pay or not. Gertrude Peckwith, whose successful mines led to conspiracy theories about the deaths of both her husbands and even her own death. Lillian Malcolm, the former stage actress whose finest performance took place out in the mines.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762743728
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/17/2008
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 8.92 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Meet the Author

Chris Enss
Chris Enss is an award-winning screen writer who has written for television, short subject films, live performances, and for the movies. Her research and writing and reveals the funny, touching, exciting, and tragic stories of historical and contemporary times.Enss has done everything from stand-up comedy to working as a stunt person at the Old Tucson Movie Studio. She learned the basics of writing for film and television at the University of Arizona, and she is currently working with Return of the Jedi producer Howard Kazanjian on the movie version of The Cowboy and the Senorita, their biography of western stars Roy Rogers and Dale Evans.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     vi
Introduction     vii
Queen of the Matchless Mine   Baby Doe Tabor     1
Founder of the Ellendale Mines   Ellen Nay     19
Miner on the Feather River   Dame Shirley     30
Toughest of the Lady Sourdoughs   Nellie Cashman     40
Prospector at the Golden Empire Mine   Gertrude Peckwith     53
Founder of the Coaldale Mining Company   Frances Williams     61
Prospector in the Silver Peak Mountains   Lillian Malcolm     73
Owner/Operator of the Juanita Mine   Josie Pearl     82
Miner at Colorado's Pikes Peak   Charley Hatfield     96
Miner Bride of the Klondike   Ethel Berry     107
Miner on Candle Creek   Frances Allen Noyes     115
Nevada's Copper Mining Queen   Ferminia Sarras     126
Glossary of Mining Terms     132
Bibliography     136
Index     145
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