A Secret History of the Far North
In the boomtowns of the Alaska-Yukon stampedes, where gold dust was common currency, the rarest commodity was an attractive woman, and her company could be costly. Author Lael Morgan takes you into the heart of the gold rush demimonde, that "half world" of prostitutes, dance hall girls, and entertainers who lived on the outskirts of polite society. Meet "Dutch Kate" Wilson, who pioneered many areas long before the "respectable" women who received credit for getting there first ... ruthless heartbreakers Cad Wilson and Rose Blumkin ... "French" Marie Larose, who auctioned herself off as a wife to the highest bidder ... Georgia Lee, who invested her earnings wisely and became one of the richest women in the North ... and Edith Neile, called "the Oregon Mare," famous for both her outlandish behavior and her softhearted generosity.
"One of the 10 best non-fiction books of 1998."
"An important and entertaining addition to gold rush literature."
--Klondike historian Pierre Berton
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Lael Morgan is an award-winning writer, historian, photographer, and journalist who has written numerous books about Alaska, including the popular ART & ESKIMO POWER. She was named Alaska's historian of the year in 1998 for her work on GOOD TIME GIRLS.