Treadwell Gold: An Alaska Saga of Riches and Ruin

Treadwell Gold: An Alaska Saga of Riches and Ruin

by Sheila Kelly


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Treadwell Gold: An Alaska Saga of Riches and Ruin by Sheila Kelly

A century ago, Treadwell, Alaska, was a featured stop on steamship cruises, a rich, up-to-date town that was the most prominent and proud in all Alaska. Its wealth, however, was founded on the remarkably productive gold mines on Douglas Island, and when those caved in and flooded in the early decades of the twentieth century, Treadwell sank into relative obscurity. 

Treadwell Gold presents first-person accounts from the sons and daughters of the miners, machinists, hoist operators, and superintendents who together dug and blasted the gold that made Treadwell rich. Alongside these stories are vintage photos that capture both the industrial vigor of the mines and the daily lives that made up Treadwell society. The book will fascinate anyone interested in Alaskan history or the romance of gold mining’s past.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781602230750
Publisher: University of Alaska Press
Publication date: 05/15/2010
Pages: 271
Sales rank: 768,989
Product dimensions: 7.20(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Sheila Kelly has been studying Treadwell, where her father and aunts were born and raised, for more than twenty years. She lives in Seattle.

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