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  • Alias Soapy Smith

    ALIAS SOAPY SMITH: The Life and Death of a Scoundrel

    $26.00 Paperback

    Summary:
    This comprehensive biography of an extraordinary confidence man, gambler, and organizer of confidence men is set against the carefully researched historical times of the evolving Old West.

    ALIAS SOAPY SMITH: The Life and Death of a Scoundrel 660 pages, 54 images, 28 pages double column index

    Author: Jeff Smith
    Publisher: Klondike Research

    Paperback, ISBN: 0-9819743-0-9 $26
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    Hardback, ISBN 0-9819743-1-7 $43
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    This comprehensive biography of an extraordinary confidence man, gambler, and organizer of confidence men is set against the carefully researched historical times of the evolving Old West. Author and great-grandson Jeff Smith spent 24 years researching and writing the history of the busy life and violent death of one of the West's most infamous, and some say often unfairly maligned, masters of the criminal arts and natural-born leaders of men. Was Soapy Smith a "good man"? This history points to SOMETIMES. Was he a "bad man"? Without doubt, OFTEN. In this book, from Georgia to Texas, from Denver and the silver and gold boomtowns of Colorado, to Mexico and the Western states to the great Northwest, and to the last frontier, Alaska, you will travel with Soapy Smith to his criminal empires and final bold, deadly showdown with vigilantes.

  • Gold Fever

    Gold Fever

    $24.95 Paperback

    Summary:
    Reverend R. M. Dickey made the first entry in his gold rush diary on August 31, 1897, and kept an account of his adventures as a gold rush missionary until his departure from the Yukon in August 1899.

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    GOLD FEVER 278 pages, 84 illustrations. 1997.

    Author: R.M. Dickey
    Editor: Art Petersen
    Publisher: Klondike Research

    Paperback, ISBN: 0-9657938-0-X $24.95
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    Hardback, ISBN 0-9657938-1-8
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    Gold Fever: Rev. Dickey was an Irish/Canadian Presbyterian missionary who was sent north in 1897 with the great stampede of gold seekers to the Klondike gold fields in the Yukon Territory. In retirement, Rev. Dickey spent five years developing a narrative of his experiences in the Alaskan and Canadian north during the great rush for gold. Through Part I of his two-part narrative, Rev. Dickey takes us from Seattle to Skagway. Arriving at the onset of winter, there we reside during early lawless days in the frontier environment molded by the notorious gangster Jefferson Randolph "Soapy" Smith. Part I concludes with one of the best summaries of that period on record, including the death of Smith in a shoot-out with Frank Reid and the ensuing aftermath. Part II of the book takes us up the White Pass Trail to Lake Bennett, down 500 miles of Yukon River to Dawson, and finally to Eldorado in the Klondike gold fields. As the author penned for an Author's Note to his manuscript in 1947, "I have taken the series of short stories that I wrote years ago, my diary, newspaper clippings, and remembered incidents and experiences from boat and trail and camp. With these as warp and woof, I have attempted to weave a story that presents a true picture of life in Skagway and in the Yukon...." The manuscript resided in the closets of family members for 42 years and then underwent 5 years of editorial transcription, conferral with family members, documentation where possible, and polish. The book includes over three score of Rev. Dickey's ninety-nine "magic lantern slides," which he used to illustrate lectures on the Klondike from 1900 to about 1913. Also included are many historical photographs from Northwest archives.

    An ample forward by editor Art Petersen sets the scene, another by eminent Canadian J. King Gordon (son of Canadian novelist Ralph Connor), penned in 1949, frames the story, and an editor's afterword renders a history of the manuscript and an assessment of the author. Publication of the Dickey manuscript is intended as a service to the humanities, primarily its discipline of history, but it is also the result of a desire to share a good story that is often compelling, moral (without being moralistic), and humorous--and to register an appropriate mark of respect for Rev. Dickey, a remarkable man.

  • The Alaska Gold Rush Letters and Photographs of Leroy S. Townsend

    The Alaska Gold Rush Letters and Photographs of Leroy S. Townsend

    $16.95 Paperback / $34.95 Cloth Hardcover

    Summary:
    This book is composed of a collection of 33 letters by Leroy S. Townsend, a medical doctor from Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania.

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    The Alaska Gold Rush Letters and Photographs of Leroy S. Townsend 168 pages, 59 photographs and maps, indexed. 1999.

    Author: Leroy Stewart Townsend
    Editor: Peggy Jean Townsend, Patricia Roppel, Art Petersen
    Publisher: Klondike Research

    Paperback, ISBN: 0-9657938-4-2 $16.95
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    Hardback, ISBN 0-9657938-5-0 $34.95
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    This book is composed of a collection of 33 letters by Leroy S. Townsend, a medical doctor from Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. He came north in 1898 to Valdez to enter Alaska via the Valdez Glacier along with 4,000 gold seekers. He brought a camera, and many of his photographs are published for the first time (59 photographs and illustrations in all). The book also contains an Introduction and Conclusion by Peggy Jean Townsend, a descendant of Dr. Townsend, an Historical Perspective by Alaska Historian Patricia Roppel, a Preface by Art Petersen, the General Editor, an Appendix of five parts, and a comprehensive Index. In the words of Alaska Historian Robert DeArmond, "A good piece of work and a real addition to the literature of this Klondike Centennial period."