Tomboy Bride, 50th Anniversary Edition: One Woman's Personal Account of Life in Mining Camps of the West

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A Colorado favorite, Tomboy Bride presents the first-hand account of a young pioneer woman and her life in a rough and tumble mining town of the Old West.


In 1906 at the age of twenty, Harriet Fish hopped on a train from Oakland, California, to the San Juan Mountains of Colorado in search of a new life as the bride of assayer George Backus. Together, the couple ventured forth to discover mining town life at the turn of the twentieth century, adjusting to dizzying elevation heights of 11,500 feet and all the hardships that come with it: limited water, rationed food supplies, lack of medical care, difficulty in travel, avalanches, and many more. As she and George move from Telluride’s Tomboy Mine to the rugged coast of British Columbia, to the town of Elk City, Idaho, and then back to Colorado’s Leadville, Harriet paints a poignant picture of a world centered around mining, sharing amusing and often challenging experiences as a woman of the era.

With a new foreword by award-winning author Pam Houston, this 50th anniversary edition also includes previously unpublished black and white photographs documenting Harriet's journey. Tomboy Bride endures as a classic of the region to this day as it captures in heart-felt emotion and vivid detail the personal account of Harriet Backus, a true pioneer of the West.

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Harriet Fish Backus traveled around the West with her husband, George Backus, and is best known for her personal account of life as a young pioneer woman near the Tomboy Mines of Telluride, Colorado. Her story continues to resonate for the courage, strength, and tenacity she embodied as a woman of the time. Backus passed away at the age of ninety-two.

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"In the early 1900s, Harriet Backus went to live with her new husband, an engineer, in the remote mining community of Telluride, CO. Tomboy Bride, her account of her experiences and struggles, is remarkable. The couple endured bitter winters, dangerous conditions, limited food, no running water, and plenty of other hardships, yet the spirited Harriet found it all fascinating--and readers will, too. Harriet's unembellished first-hand account of her day-to-day life will certainly appeal to fans of history and biography, and to anyone loves a good outdoor adventure." (Robin Lenz, managing editor, Shelf Awareness)

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