Aunt Phil's Trunk: Volume One, An Alaska Historian's Collection of Treasured Tales

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Did you know there were two Klondike Kates during the great Gold Rush of 1898? Or that when the discoverer of the rich fields had a dream about salmon with gold nuggets for eyes, he thought it meant that he'd have good luck fishing? Aunt Phil's Trunk brings to life these and other little-known tidbits about Alaska's colorful past.

Filled with more than 250 historical photographs, this book also showcases a spectacular photo essay following the harrowing routes rugged prospectors traveled to get to the Klondike, including the all-water route from Seattle to St. Michael and on to Dawson, as well as the Stikine, White Pass and Chilkoot Pass trails.

Volume 1 features other fascinating stories, too, including how nuns mingled with rough and tumble adventurers on the banks of Nome, how the last shot of the Civil War boomed in the Bering Sea and how the scoundrel Soapy Smith served as an angel of mercy before he became the undisputed king of crime in Skagway. Many of the stories in this collection were written by my late aunt, Phyllis Downing Carlson, an award-winning author, noted Alaska historian and who served as Alaska reference librarian at the Z.J. Loussac Library in Anchorage.

When Phyllis passed away in 1993, I inherited her articles, notes and personal library, including a large collection of rare books about Alaska. As luck would have it, I, too, am a writer and lover of Alaska history. Over the past few years, I've edited Phyllis' old articles, which appeared in publications like Alaskana, Alaska Sportsman and Our Alaska, and then wrote my own stories to dovetail with hers.

I hope you enjoy the resulting labor of love as you turn back to the past in Aunt Phil's Trunk.

- Laurel Downing Bill

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Third-generation Alaskan Laurel Downing Bill has turned her Alaska historian aunt's work into a lovely series of books that highlight Alaska's colorful past. Downing Bill earned a degree in journalism from the University of Alaska Anchorage in 2003 and wrote several award-winning articles while employed as a reporter for the Anchorage Chronicle newspaper from 2002-2004. Her weekly Alaska history column, titled "Aunt Phil's Trunk," was a favorite with the paper's subscribers. Bill's award-winning stories have appeared in newspapers throughout Alaska, as well as Alaska Magazine, Mushing magazine and First Alaskans magazine.

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Review by David James – Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
Aunt Phil's Trunk Volume One was an unexpected gem.... deserves to be snatched up by anyone with an interest in our state's rich past.

Review by Tania Staley, Readers’ Favorite – 5 Stars
I highly recommend this book for history buffs and anyone wanting to know more about Alaska’s heritage ... I look forward into to delving into Phyllis Downing Carlson and Laurel Downing Bill’s volumes 2-5 of Aunt Phil’s Trunk, as well.

Review by Michelle Stanley, Readers’ Favorite – 5 Stars
Laurel Downing Bill did a remarkable job writing this book and illustrating it with hundreds of historical photographs....

Review by Kathryn Bennett, Readers’ Favorite – 5 Stars
... I love the format that Laurel Downing Bill uses to tell the history of Alaska ... I am looking forward to reading more books in this series and I would give this book a big recommendation for history lovers. ...

Review by Jack Magnus, Readers’ Favorite – 5 Stars
Phyllis Downing Carlson and her niece, Laurel Downing Bill's pictorial history, Aunt Phil's Trunk: Volume One Bringing Alaska's History Alive, does what it sets out to do – it really does bring Alaska's history alive ... and is highly recommended.

Review by Anne-Marie Reynolds, Readers’ Favorite – 5 Stars
Aunt Phil's Trunk Volume One by Laurel Downing Bill was a fascinating read ... the book has been written in a wonderfully narrative way that makes you feel as though you have been transported there ... Praise to Laurel Bill for a fantastic journey, one I want to continue.

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