Last Frontier: Incredible Tales of Survival, Exploration, and Adventure from Alaska Magazine

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Since 1935, Alaska magazine has charted the development of our biggest, most mysterious state. With compelling stories on such events as earthquakes, tidal waves, grizzly and polar bear attacks, the Russian influence, the Gold Rush, the Japanese invasion of the Aleutians during World War II, hunting and fishing, the lives of sourdoughs, and village life, The Last Frontier truly captures the essence of our largest state.
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Overview

Since 1935, Alaska magazine has charted the development of our biggest, most mysterious state. With compelling stories on such events as earthquakes, tidal waves, grizzly and polar bear attacks, the Russian influence, the Gold Rush, the Japanese invasion of the Aleutians during World War II, hunting and fishing, the lives of sourdoughs, and village life, The Last Frontier truly captures the essence of our largest state.
Other chapters include the tale of the Eskimo commercial pilot, flying villagers across the Arctic; the story about the young woman who conducted the 1940 census in the Interior by dog team; or the story about the family who placed their automobile on a raft, hooked paddles to the axles, and steered their home-built paddle-wheeler down the Yukon River to the first road - whereupon they removed the car from the barge, and drove home to Nebraska. Other stories in this book you won't want to miss include: Don Sheldon's floatplane rescue of eight men from white water; the mystery of Klutuk, the beast of the tundra; how Julie Collins's sled dog saved her life; the trials and tribulations of a nurse running a hospital on the arctic coast in 1921; an Athabascan writer's account of her interviews with her grandmother, a medicine woman; newsworthy events across the state, and much, much more.
Jill Shepherd spent twenty-seven years in Alaska's Interior, raising sled dog puppies, baby moose, and three children while co-owning a dog team, operating a wilderness fishing camp, writing for The Tundra Times, and working in public relations for the trans-Alaska oil pipeline. She graduated from Anchorage High School and the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, after spending earlier years in Central America and California. After moving to Anchorage, Shepherd worked for The Anchorage Times before starting her twenty-year career with Alaska magazine, where she is now senior editor. An Alaskan for more than fifty years, Shepherd travels extensively, photographing and writing about the people and places she visits, and claims Kodiak Island as her favorite vacation spot.

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Editorial Reviews

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Long before Alaska became the 49th state, Alaska magazine was chronicling adventure in the land of the midnight sun. The Last Frontier contains the most exciting narratives in the treasure chest files of this respected periodical. Senior editor Jill Shepherd and her cohorts have uncovered little-known tales of survival and astonishing true stories of exploration and adventures. In addition to harrowing tales, this entertaining anthology includes useful tips on golfing with bears and hunting musk oxen on the Yukon.
From the Publisher
"The tales are as diverse as the writers themselves. A noteworthy addition to any travel collection owing to the unique nature and diversity of the material."—The Library Journal
Library Journal
Taken from the pages of Alaska Magazine and its predecessor, The Alaska Sportsman, these stories represent 67 years of work by Alaskan writers. The tales are as diverse as the writers themselves, ranging from a memoir piece by a nurse who managed a hospital in Barrow in 1921 to a present-day account of a bear-watching trip to Mount Katmai by mystery writer Dana Stabenow. One chapter recounts the exploits of the 97th Division of the Army Corps of Engineers, an all-black unit that helped build the Alaska Highway in 1942-43. Another tells the frightening tale of a man trapped beneath a capsized fishing boat in the Gulf of Alaska. Selected for their clear depiction of Alaska, past and present, the 59 stories are accompanied by reproductions of Alaska Magazine covers dating from 1935 to 2002. A noteworthy addition to any travel collection owing to the unique nature and diversity of the material. Mary V. Welk, Chicago Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592285686
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/1/2004
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 546,662
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 8.92 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Meet the Author

JILL SHEPHERD has worked for The Tundra Times, The Anchorage Times, and has spent the last twenty years at Alaska magazine.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
1. The Wolf Pack by F. W. Gabler, January 1935
2. Tundra Territory by Victor Shaw, December, 1935
3. Polar Fury by Charles Madsen, April 1936
4, Nome Cafe by A. F. Raynor, June 1936
5. Every Inch A King by Robert A. Henning, October 1936
6. Arctic Trapper by Frank North, November 1936
7. Bush Maddness by S. A. Camp, November 1939
8. The People of Nome Were Scandalized by John B. Wallace, December 1939
9. Main Trails and Bypaths, December 1942
10. Main Trails and Bypaths, February 1043
11. I Was Queen of the Klondike by Kate Rockwell Matson, August 1944
12. On the Ice-Pack's Rim by Florence C. Dakin, November 1944
13. Woman on the Dalton Trail by Della Murray Banks, January 1945
14. Main Trails and Bypaths, December 1952
15. None So Big by Dolly Connelly, August 1965
16. The Mystery of the Billiken by Dorothy Jean Ray, September 1960
17. Alaska Terror by Art Kennedy, August 1965
18. Huslia's Hole Hunters by Mike Cline, June 1966
19. There Were Three Wolves. . . All Around Me by Paul Kinksteater, October 1967
20. Encased in Ice, I nearly Drowned by Frank W. Johnson February 1974
22. My Sunset Moose by Charles G. Mayse, October 1975
23. How I killed the World's Largest Brown Bear by Roy R. Lindslaey, January 1978
24. A Trapper Leaves the Country by Scott Fisher, June 1981
25. Avalanch by TIm Moerlein, March 1982
26. Acceptance by Mike Davis, April 1982
27. Of Traps and Treasures—Klutuk by Fred Hatfield, September 1984
28. Reluctant Hero by Julie Collins, December 1984
29. Chernofski Sheep Ranch by Cora Holmes, April 1985
30. Abercrombie's Barrow Ballet by RObert H. Redding, December 1985
31. A Melody for Christmas by Afton Blanc, December 1987
32. Mt. McKinley Joe by Elizabeth J. Fallon, November 1989
33. Dog Team Cencus by Hana Yusada Kangas, January 1990

ri034. My Last Grizzly by Nick Jans, May 1990
35. Medicine Woman by Marilyn Savage, June 1990
36. Adventures in Night Fishing by Ken Marsh, April 1991
37. Zapped on Rainbow Mountain by Yvonne Lindblom and Ruth Moulton, October 1991
38. Forgotten Pioneers by Lael Morgan, February 1992
39. Big Trouble on the "Wideload" by Chris Schleb, September 1994
40. Polar Bear Swim by WIlliam L. Earl, December 1994/January 1995
41. The Last Spear Hunt by Sidney Huntington, September 1995
42. With Trusting Eyes Behind Me by Ellen Paneok, February 1996
43. Clutter by Carol Sturgulewski, October 1996
44. Kingdom Clean-Enough by Leslie Leyland Fields, May/June 1997
45. Jess's Ark by Carol Knight Copeland, September 1997
46. Raven by Sherry Simpson, September 1997
47. Fishing the COmbat Zone by Les Palmer, April 1998
48. A Few Mosquito Bites by Jim Reardon, October 1998
49. Social CLimber by martha Black, August 1999
50. The Bear and the Bride by Sidney Huntington, September 1999
51. The Eels Are Here by Frank J. Keim, December 1999/January 2000
52. An Orca Reunion by Mark S. Decker, February 2000
53. Tracked by a Bear by Dana Stabenow, February 2000
54. Crisis of Confidence by Dan Randle, August 2000
55. The FIrst Ever Nome Moose Nugget Drop by Lew Tobin, November 2000
56. Green Seas, White Ice by Toby Sullivan, March 2001
57. The Cruel Chronometer by Andy Hall, July 2001
58. Mary Joyce's Extraordinary Adventure by Hoan Parades, March 2002

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