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

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 – IN STOCK

Hardback, ISBN 0-9657938-5-0, $34.95 – IN STOCK

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.”