Two Women in the Klondike

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"Two Women in the Klondike created a sensation when it was first published in 1899. The idea that two well-bred socialites could survive the dangers of the North thrilled nineteenth-century readers from San Francisco to New York." "When Mary Hitchcock heard about the discovery of gold in the Klondike in 1898, she left her privileged city life for the wilds of Alaska, planning to stake her own claims. She persuaded her friend Edith Van Buren to accompany her, and the two began preparations for "roughing it." The "necessities" that they brought up
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Two women in the Klondike [microform] : the story of a journey to the gold-fields of Alaska

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"Two Women in the Klondike created a sensation when it was first published in 1899. The idea that two well-bred socialites could survive the dangers of the North thrilled nineteenth-century readers from San Francisco to New York." "When Mary Hitchcock heard about the discovery of gold in the Klondike in 1898, she left her privileged city life for the wilds of Alaska, planning to stake her own claims. She persuaded her friend Edith Van Buren to accompany her, and the two began preparations for "roughing it." The "necessities" that they brought up the Yukon River to Dawson City, Canada, including a portable bowling alley, an ice cream maker, a Great Dane named Ivan, and a full-sized circus tent." Hitchcock relates the struggles, surprises, and pleasures of traveling in the late nineteenth century. She describes in diary form the people she met and her impressions of rural Alaska and Dawson City. Hitchcock's account of the Klondike Gold Rush is an outrageous adventure for general readers, armchair travelers, and anyone interested in the lives of American women in the late 1800s.
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Meet the Author

Terence Cole is professor of history at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Map of the 1898 Route

Introduction by Terrence Cole

Notes on the Text

Foreword to the 1899 Edition

Acknowledgments

 

Ho for the Land of Gold!

"With Malice Towards None"

Land in Sight!

St. the

A Trial of Patience

We Meet Old Friends

Transferred at Last

We Hear teh Signal

Up the Yukon

Discomfort of Barge Life

Nearing Our Destination

The Promised Land

We Become Squatterswith

The "Sick Boy"

Our First Dinner in Dawson

We Become "Free Miners"

Visiting Mines wiht a Klondike King

Our Man Friday

Isaacs, the Irrepressible

Our Helpful Neighbours

A New Scheme

The RIDEOUT at Last

The Trials of Building

Business Propositions

A New Experience

In the New Home at Last

A Series of Disappointments

Adieu to Dawson

The Race with the DOMVILLE

The First Portage

The Skaguay Pass

A Day in Sitka

Killisnoo

Farewell to Alaska

 

Index

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