Searching for Fannie Quigley: A Wilderness Life in the Shadow of Mount Mckinley

Searching for Fannie Quigley: A Wilderness Life in the Shadow of Mount Mckinley

by Jane G. Haigh

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Searching for Fannie Quigley: A Wilderness Life in the Shadow of Mount Mckinley by Jane G. Haigh

2008 WILLA Literary Awards finalist

At the age of 27, Fannie Sedlacek left her Bohemian homestead in Nebraska to join the gold rush to the Klondike. From the Klondike to the Tanana, Fannie continued north, finally settling in Katishna near Mount McKinley. This woman, later known as Fannie Quigley, became a prospector who staked her own claims and a cook who ran a roadhouse. She hunted and trapped and thrived for nearly forty years in an environment that others found unbearable.

Her wilderness lifestyle inspired many of those who met her to record their impressions of this self-sufficient woman, who died in 1944. To many of the 700,000 annual visitors to Denali National Park she is a symbol of the enduring spirit of the original pioneers.

Searching for Fannie Quigley: A Wilderness Life in the Shadow of Mount McKinley goes beyond the mere biographical facts of this unique woman’s journey. It also tells historian Jane G. Haigh’s own story of tracking and tracing the many paths that Fannie Quigley’s intriguing life took. Uncovering remote clues, digging through archives, and listening to oral accounts from a wide array of sources, Haigh has fashioned this rich lode into a compelling narrative.

In Searching for Fannie Quigley, Haigh separates fact from fiction to reveal the true story of this highly mythologized pioneer woman.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780804010979
Publisher: Ohio University Press
Publication date: 06/28/2007
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 608,261
Product dimensions: 9.20(w) x 11.20(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Jane G. Haigh began her career as a local historian in Fairbanks, Alaska, which she continues to call home. She is the author of a number of books of popular Alaskan history, including Gold Rush Women, Gold Rush Dogs, and King Con: The Story of Soapy Smith.

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     xi
Introduction     xiii
Obituary     xvii
Abbreviations     xxi
Nebraska and the West     1
Fannie the Hike: Dawson and the Klondike, 1898-1903     15
Clear Creek     21
Hunker Creek     26
Staking a Claim     29
Walking Out: From the Klondike to Alaska     32
Into Kantishna     45
Mount McKinley     45
Kantishna Gold     51
Placer Mining     56
Digging In: Mining Claims     59
Chasing the Yellow Pup     63
Glacier Creek, 1994 and 1995     68
Hard Rock: Quigley Ridge and Friday Creek     72
Marriage     72
Hard Rock Claims     74
Hard Rock Mining     75
Wilderness Life: Cooking and Gardening     95
Fannie Quigley's Blueberry Pie     103
The Outdoor Life: Hunting and Trapping     108
Wilderness Visitors     121
Creating the Park     129
Selling Out     136
From Claim to Mine     141
Drifting Apart     146
Epilogue     153
Notes     161
Bibliography     175
Index     181

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