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Old Yukon [electronic resource] : tales, trails, and trials / by James Wickersham ; edited and abridged by Terrence Cole.

Author/Creator:
Wickersham, James, 1857-1939.
Publication:
Fairbanks : University of Alaska Press, c2009.
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (354 p.)
Series:
Classic reprint series (Fairbanks, Alaska) ; no. 10.
Classic reprint series ; no. 10
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Subjects:
Frontier and pioneer life -- Alaska -- Anecdotes.
Courts -- Alaska -- Anecdotes.
Alaska -- History -- Anecdotes.
Yukon River Valley (Yukon and Alaska) -- History -- Anecdotes.
Alaska -- Trials, litigation, etc. -- Anecdotes.
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Language:
English
Summary:
In this humorous and upbeat memoir, James Wickersham describes his career as a pioneer judge and later as a congressional representative assigned to a vast, snow-covered district, extending over 300,000 square miles in the undeveloped Alaska Territory. Wickersham's many adventures include traveling by dogsled over hundreds of miles through snow-covered mountains; serving as judge for the trials of many famous outlaws in the midst of the gold strikes; and hunting, mining, and climbing in his local Alaska wilderness. Though he was instrumental in the early history of Alaska, and his legacy is e
Contents:
Introduction
The genesis of an Alaska court
Dawson and the Klondike mines
Planting American courts in the wilderness
Common law of the trail
Riding the Arctic circuit
The Yukon River winter trail
Triple murder in the Aleutians
The Anvil Creek conspiracy
The corruption of the court
Liars and thieves
Social life at Nome, 1901-1902
The dog trail from Circle to Fairbanks
Fairbanks and the Tanana mines
The Mount McKinley expedition
Up the Kantishna
The approach
On the slopes of Denali
Rafting home
Three thousand miles of justice
The Valdez-Fairbanks trail in 1905
The judge goes on trial.
Notes:
Description based upon print version of record.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contributor:
Cole, Terrence, 1953-
ISBN:
1-60223-113-3
OCLC:
893740892