The Founding of Skagway: A Klondike Story of Greed, Graft, and Misery in the Summer of 1897

9780962490460: The Founding of Skagway: A Klondike Story of Greed, Graft, and Misery in the Summer of 1897
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First edition limited to 500 copies. Spiral bound, oblong 8 x 11 inches. The preface to the book: "There's a story about Skagway that I've never been able to understand. How is it that two men, a father and a son, could make a commitment to a piece of land for nearly ten years, sweating and toiling in the wilderness, building a cabin, and pursuing their dream-a new path through the mountains to the headwaters of the Yukon River-and then, in less than two weeks, surrender virtually the entire thing to a mob. William Moore and his son J. Bernard (often called Ben), had significant "skin in the game" in their Skagway homestead. They had paid for a survey and done everything the government required them to do to get a patent, including paying a $400 filing fee, a healthy sum of money at the time. In July 1897, when the Klondike gold rush exploded on the world scene, the Moores had already marked their borders, erected fences, and built residences, a store, and a wharf. A sawmill was in progress. So what exactly transpired? What went wrong for the Moores? That is the subject of this book--the circumstances of the hostile takeover of the Moore homestead. When did it happen? Why did it happen? And how did it happen? With the help of over 250 letters written home by Skagway stampeders, as well as period diaries and photographs, this book recounts the first tumultuous months of Skagway's existence."

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