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.
|Publisher:||Ohio University Press|
|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
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
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