How Building the Trans-Alaska Pipeline Transformed Life in America's Last Frontier
In the 1970s, the world's largest construction companies invaded Alaska in a wild rush to build the 800-mile $8 billion trans-Alaska pipeline. Workers by the tens of thousands headed north, hoping to make their fortunes working on the pipeline, in a stampede that dramatically affected Alaska. With the avalanche of big money and new arrivals came new problems: drugs, prostitution, gambling, and violent crime. Rapid economic and social changes ultimately touched the lives of virtually every Alaskan. Nearly a quarter-century later, Fairbanks journalist Dermot Cole recalls the best of the pipeline stories with humor, authenticity, and drama.
"AMAZING PIPELINE STORIES is well-researched and written."
--Anchorage Daily News
"If you want to get a feel for the oil rush days in Alaska, Dermot Cole's book will do it."
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Dermot Cole, a columnist for the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, is author of four books about Alaska. He lives north of Fairbanks with his wife, journalist Debbie Carter, and their three children.