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Finding True North: First-Hand Stories of the Booms that Built Modern Alaska

Finding True North: First-Hand Stories of the Booms that Built Modern Alaska

by Molly Rettig
Finding True North: First-Hand Stories of the Booms that Built Modern Alaska

Finding True North: First-Hand Stories of the Booms that Built Modern Alaska

by Molly Rettig

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Overview

Melting sea ice and rumbling volcanoes. Sled dogs racing through unnamed valleys.

These were the images that came to mind when Molly Rettig moved to Fairbanks, Alaska to work as a reporter at the local newspaper. An avid environmentalist, she couldn’t wait to explore the vast, untamed spaces that had largely been paved over on the east coast. But when her 72-year-old neighbor, Clutch, invites her on a tour of his gold mine—an 800-foot tunnel blasted into the side of his house–she begins to question many of her ideas about Alaska, and about herself. 

In Finding True North, Rettig takes us on a gripping journey through Alaska's past that brings alive the state's magnificent country and its quirky, larger-than-life characters. She meets a trapper who harvests all she needs from the land, a bush pilot who taught himself how to fly, and an archaeologist who helped build an oil pipeline through pristine wilderness. While she learns how airplanes, mines, and oil fields have paved the way for newcomers like herself, she also stumbles upon a bigger question: what has this quest for Alaska’s natural resources actually cost, and how much more is at stake?

This is a book about all the ways wild places teach us about ourselves. Rettig writes both playfully and honestly about how one place can be many things to many people—and how all of it can be true.



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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781602234437
Publisher: University of Alaska Press
Publication date: 03/15/2021
Pages: 201
Sales rank: 525,439
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Molly Rettig is communications director at the Cold Climate Housing Research Center. She moved to Fairbanks to work as a reporter for the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner in 2010 and covered government, science, and education.
 

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction ix

Part 1 Gold

1 A Gold Rush Town 1

2 The Stampede 13

3 Frozen Gold 27

4 Going Home 39

5 Hot Rocks 55

6 Gold Fever 63

Part 2 Air

7 The Bush 77

8 The Dream 89

9 Beaver Creek 99

10 Life on the River 111

11 Kaboom 127

12 Drafted 131

Part 3 Oil

13 The Proposal 145

14 Boom Time 157

15 The Alaska Dream 173

16 Mining Camp 183

17 The Alaska Reality 189

18 The Crash 199

Part 4 Subsistence

19 Visiting the Land of Caribou 209

20 Fending for Myself 221

21 Filling the Freezer 235

22 Oil vs. Food 241

23 The Next Bend 249

Index 255

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