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The story Morse tells is often narrated through the diaries and letters of the miners themselves. The daunting challenges of traveling, working, and surviving in the raw wilderness are illustrated not only by the miners' compelling accounts but by newspaper reports and advertisements. Seattle played a key role as "gateway to the Klondike." A public relations campaign lured potential miners to the West and local businesses seized the opportunity to make large profits while thousands of gold seekers streamed through Seattle.
The drama of the miners' journeys north, their trials along the gold creeks, and their encounters with an extreme climate will appeal not only to scholars of the western environment and of late-19th-century industrialism, but to readers interested in reliving the vivid adventure of the West's last great gold rush.
|Introduction: On the Chilkoot||3|
|1||The Culture of Gold||16|
|2||The Nature of the Journey||40|
|3||The Culture of the Journey||67|
|4||The Nature of Gold Mining||89|
|5||The Culture of Gold Mining||115|
|6||The Nature & Culture of Food||138|
|7||The Nature & Culture of Seattle||116|
|Conclusion: Nature, Culture, and Value||191|