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

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

by Alaska Magazine, Jill Shepherd
     
 

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, village life, and much more,

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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, village life, and much more, 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. Or the one 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 you won't want to miss in this book 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 interviews her grandmother, a medicine woman; newsworthy events across the state and much, much more.

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Editorial Reviews

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

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.
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781592285686
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
07/01/2004
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
410,186
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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