Cloth $35.00 ISBN: 9781602230750 Published May 2010
Paper $17.95 ISBN: 9781602231184 Published February 2011
E-book $7.00 to $17.95 ISBN: 9781602231023 Published May 2010

Treadwell Gold

An Alaska Saga of Riches and Ruin

Sheila Kelly

Treadwell Gold
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Sheila Kelly

Distributed for University of Alaska Press

271 pages | 80 halftones | 7 x 10 | © 2010
Cloth $35.00 ISBN: 9781602230750 Published May 2010
Paper $17.95 ISBN: 9781602231184 Published February 2011
E-book $7.00 to $17.95 ISBN: 9781602231023 Published May 2010

A century ago, Treadwell, Alaska, was a featured stop on steamship cruises, a rich, up-to-date town that was the most prominent and proud in all Alaska. Its wealth, however, was founded on the remarkably productive gold mines on Douglas Island, and when those caved in and flooded in the early decades of the twentieth century, Treadwell sank into relative obscurity. 

Treadwell Gold
presents first-person accounts from the sons and daughters of the miners, machinists, hoist operators, and superintendents who together dug and blasted the gold that made Treadwell rich. Alongside these stories are vintage photos that capture both the industrial vigor of the mines and the daily lives that made up Treadwell society. The book will fascinate anyone interested in Alaskan history or the romance of gold mining’s past.

Contents

Prologue

 

Introduction

Treadwell at Its Peak

 

Chapter One

Catalyst for Alaska Development

 

Chapter Two

Treadwell Mines: The Story in Brief

 

Chapter Three

An Unusual Company Town

 

Chapter Four

Company Family through Boom and Bust

 

Chapter Five

The Big Hoistman’s Boisterous Family

 

Chapter Six

Tough Grind of the Hard-Rock Miner

 

Chapter Seven

View from the Mansion

 

Chapter Eight

Labor Troubles and the Western Federation of Miners

 

Chapter Nine

The Tlingit: Ancient Culture Meets Modern Industry

 

Chapter Ten

Fourth of July’s Grand Celebration

 

Chapter Eleven

Double Threat of Wind and Fire

 

Chapter Twelve

Imitations of Disaster

 

Chapter Thirteen

The Cave-in: Rumblings Become a Roar

 

Chapter Fourteen

A Town Brought Down

 

Chapter Fifteen

Reduced to Ashes

 

Epilogue

The Place, the People, the Gold

 

Afterword

Timeline

Acknowledgements

Endnotes

Bibliography

Index

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