Wesley Earl Dunkle: Alaska's Flying Miner

Overview

Wesley Earl Dunkle arrived in Alaska in 1910 equipped with an optimistic belief in the transformative power of technology. A graduate of Yale's prestigious Sheffield Scientific School, Dunkle had managed copper mines for such captains of industry as J. P. Morgan and the Guggenheims. A pioneer in industries that thrust Alaska and the United States into the industrial age—mining and flying—Dunkle also developed the aviation company that would eventually become Alaska Airlines....
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Overview

Wesley Earl Dunkle arrived in Alaska in 1910 equipped with an optimistic belief in the transformative power of technology. A graduate of Yale's prestigious Sheffield Scientific School, Dunkle had managed copper mines for such captains of industry as J. P. Morgan and the Guggenheims. A pioneer in industries that thrust Alaska and the United States into the industrial age—mining and flying—Dunkle also developed the aviation company that would eventually become Alaska Airlines.

At the dawn of the twentieth century, Alaska was as important to the United States for its copper and coal as it is currently for oil and natural gas. Vast, disputed, and controversial, Alaska was also the land Dunkle came to call home. The pages of Hawley's biography of this flying miner paint a vivid picture of the political and legal battles over resource management that were so critical to Alaska's history before and following statehood, and provides insight into the environmental, social, and economic changes wrought by the industrial expansion and development spanned by Dunkle's life.

An obvious choice for anyone interested in the mining industry, Wesley Earl Dunkle is also an important book for readers of Western history and biography, and for Alaskans interested in the engine of Alaska's economic development.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781889963938
  • Publisher: University of Alaska Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2006
  • Series: PLANES
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles Caldwell Hawley's geological career has spanned more than fifty years, thirty-seven of them in Alaska. Almost everywhere that Hawley worked in Alaska, he found that the geologist and mining engineer Wesley Earl Dunkle had preceded him. In 1967, Hawley began to gather material about Dunkle's career, but soon realized the importance of understanding Dunkle's heritage, education, and personal life in the context of his era. Hawley knew that one day he would bring Dunkle's life story to print.
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
List of Abbreviations
1 Heritage and Education 1
2 Alaska in the Good Years 13
3 Apprentice, Scout, and Economic Geologist 29
4 Life and Geologic Challenges at Kennicott 51
5 Scouting for Birch 69
6 From Pier 2, Port of Seattle, to Africa 83
7 Pardners Mines and the Lucky Shot 101
8 Alaska's Flying Miner 117
9 A Sure Cure for Depression 135
10 The Golden Zone 147
11 Placer Gold, Coal, and Postwar Reality 169
12 One More Experiment 191
Epilogue 205
Notes 209
Glossary of Mining and Geologic Terms 243
Bibliography 249
Index 261
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