Arctic Homestead: The True Story of One Family's Survival and Courage in the Alaskan Wilds [NOOK Book]

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In 1973, Norma Cobb, her husband Lester and the their five children, the oldest of whom was nine years old and the youngest, twins, barely one, pulled up stakes in the lower 48 and headed north to Alaska to follow a pioneer dream of claiming land under the Homestead Act. The only land available lay north of Fairbanks near the Arctic Circle where grizzlies outnumbered humans twenty to one. In addition to fierce winters and predatory animals, the Alaskan frontier drew the more unsavory elements of society's ...
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Arctic Homestead: The True Story of One Family's Survival and Courage in the Alaskan Wilds

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In 1973, Norma Cobb, her husband Lester and the their five children, the oldest of whom was nine years old and the youngest, twins, barely one, pulled up stakes in the lower 48 and headed north to Alaska to follow a pioneer dream of claiming land under the Homestead Act. The only land available lay north of Fairbanks near the Arctic Circle where grizzlies outnumbered humans twenty to one. In addition to fierce winters and predatory animals, the Alaskan frontier drew the more unsavory elements of society's fringes. From the beginning, the Cobbs found themselves pitted in a life or death feud with unscrupulous neighbors who would rob from new settlers, attempt to burn them out, shoot them and jump their claim.

The Cobbs were chechakos, tenderfeet, in a lost land that consumed even toughened settlers. Everything, including their "civilized" past, conspired to defeat them. They constructed a cabin--and first snow collapsed the roof. They built too near the creek and spring breakup threatened to flood them out. Bears prowled the nearby woods, stalking the children and Lester Cobb would leave for months at a time in search of work.

But through it all, they survived on the strength of Norma Cobb--a woman whose love for her family knew no bounds and whose courage in the face of mortal danger is an inspiration to us all. This is her story.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429972208
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 2/24/2003
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 118,005
  • File size: 932 KB

Meet the Author

Norma Cobb is the last woman pioneer to sign up under the U.S. Homestead Act and become a homesteader. She and her family still live in the valley they settled. This is Norma Cobb's first book.

Charles Sasser has been a full-time freelance writer/journalist since 1979. He has published over 2,500 articles and short stories and has over 30 published books to his name. He lives in Oklahoma.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2012

    I can tell you it is a rough life in Alaska, for some people. My

    I can tell you it is a rough life in Alaska, for some people. My husband and I have just bought an acre of land, north of Fairbanks, and will be building a 900 sq. ft. cabin on it. We have been to Alaska twice now and have seen the wilderness up close but have also seen the clean rivers and the Northern lights and the peace that comes with living there. Yes, there is bears and moose and wolfs, and I have the pictures to prove it. But it comes with the territory.The thing of it is, my husband is 71 and just retiring and I am 68. We have restored 4 homes ourselfs and didn't start until the ages of 62 and 59. Hard work keeps you young and healthy. I walk a mile every morning and my husband works with the farmers in Illinois. We have our home here in Illinois for sale and will move as soon as it is sold. If you get a chance to visit Alaska, do it!! You will never be sorry, as you sit and watch the Northern Lights and fish from the crystal clear water. And Fairbanks is a modern city with everything you need but 3 miles outside the city, is wilderness for
    many miles. Just sign me, Happy to become and Alaskan.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2012

    Anonymous March 06 2013

    A great read, could not put it down!!!!! I salute the Cobb family and their great American spunk. I doubt if many of us could do it and still be alive. I however did not care for the thinly veiled political views ,I as an American do not have to believe as you but will defend your right to do so. That I could have done without.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2000

    Modern Pioneers

    Pioneer stories from many points in time have always inspired me. Tales of the pilgrims, of the colony at Ranoke Island, the west ward growth of the country with it's countless heros, all seemed very much in another time and place. This is a story of people who left the electricity, indoor plumbing, shopping mall, and all the other 'necessities ' of life to begin again. Inspiration in the 20th century !

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2013

    The Arctic Inn

    Welcome to The Arctic Inn! We have twenty queen suites available, ten king, and twenty-seven twin. We are a very nice inn so just tell us if youd need a room!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2013

    I very much enjoyed reading about this family's adventures while

    I very much enjoyed reading about this family's adventures while getting to Alaska and then while homesteading in Alaska.
    My childhood was spent in California in early 50s and my parents talked about going to Alaska to homestead. Having moved to Alaska as an adult and spent several years living there, and knowing others who shared their stories about adventures while living there, made this book even more enjoyable for me. I only left Alaska due to relatives in lower 48 requesting assistance, that required the move. Really loved living there and miss it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2013

    An honest and raw story

    The writing technique is not the best but the story is interesting. Worth the read for sure. I live in Alaska and enjoyed the book very much.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2013

    Great book

    Loved the book. Wish i could meet the Cobbs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2013

    Best book

    This was one of my favorite books ever. Shows how hard people had to work and the struggles we are lucky enough to live without. Have read it three times.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2013

    Awesome!

    Awesome!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2012

    Kinkpaw

    Was born to mother. Mother died in fire. Kinkpaw found clan.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2012

    I must be the only person who read this book and just didnt like

    I must be the only person who read this book and just didnt like it.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2012

    Entertaining book

    Fun story of a wilderness family making a home for themselves in the far North.

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  • Posted February 12, 2012

    Not bad.

    A interesting story, if it's all true. Not really the book I thought it would be, but still worth reading.

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  • Posted February 7, 2010

    For wilderness junkies

    If you love the wilderness, especially the Alaskan wilderness, you'll love this book.
    This family was determined, against all odds, to successfully homestead in
    the wild. Not many people would have stuck it out the way this family did.
    This books puts a new face or persistence, fortitude, and plain old determination.
    However, I'd like to hear from their children as to their take on the experience.
    This is certainly a book you won't want to put down from start to finish.
    Wilderness Junkie

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2005

    Fantastic Book!

    This was one of those 'WOW' books. I've never been to Alaska, but the picture the writer paints makes me want to leave tomorrow. Very well written, never a dull moment & one of the few books I'm not willing to loan out in fear I won't get it back.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2003

    Outstanding Reading

    I bought this book while in Alaska visiting my brother. It is an awesome book. By the end of the book you felt like you personally new the Cobb's. I hope to someday visit Fairbanks, Alaska and meet the Cobb's. They give a new meaning to Faith in God. I hope Norma will write more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2002

    Excellent!!

    What a powerful book about adventure and determination. Great inspiration for anyone who wants to live in the wilderness...like myself!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2001

    Absloutely outstanding!

    This is by far the best book I have read in quite some time. Make sure you do not have any plans for the day when you begin to read this book because you will not be able to put it down. This will certainly be considered a work of literary significance for many years to come.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2001

    Like Home!

    I was born on the Steese highway between Circle and Central in a log cabin in 1943. My Dad was a fur trapper and a gold miner and also worked some in Fairbanks. We moved to Seward in 1947 or 48 for schooling. My Mom still talks of events very similar to the Cobb's adventure but 30 years earlier. I'm taking the book to her at Xmas time, she will enjoy it also. Thanks Norma.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2001

    Felt like I was there

    This is absolutely the most interesting book I have read in a good while. I didn't want to finish the book because Norma made me feel like I was almost there experiencing it with them. Wish she would write more about their life in the Arctic. My brother sent me the book, he had the good fortune to actually meet Les and Norma, how envious I am of him!

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