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Two Women in the Klondike

Two Women in the Klondike created a sensation when it was first published in 1899. The idea that two well-bred socialites could survive the dangers of the north thrilled nineteenth-century readers from San Francisco to New York.

When Mary Hitchcock heard about the discovery of gold in the Klondike in 1898, she left her privileged city life for the wilds of Alaska, planning to stake her own claims. She persuaded her friend Edith Van Buren to accompany her, and the two began preparations for "roughing it." The "necessities" that they brought up the Yukon River to Dawson City, Canada, included a portable bowling alley, an ice cream maker, a Great Dane named Ivan, and a full-size circus tent.

Hitchcock relates the struggles, surprises, and pleasures of traveling in the late nineteenth century in her trademark style. She describes in diary form the people she met and her impressions of rural Alaska and Dawson City. Invaluable for its detailed descriptions of manners, food, and personalities, Hitchcock’s account of the Klondike Gold Rush is an outrageous adventure for general readers, armchair travelers, and anyone interested in the lives of American women in the late 1800s.

This new, abridged version includes a map of Hitchcock’s northern travels and an introduction by Terrence Cole, professor of history at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.


232 pages | black and white illustrations | 6 x 9 | © 2005

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Map of the 1898 Route
Introduction by Terrence Cole
Notes on the Text
Foreword to the 1899 Edition
Ho for the Land of Gold!
"With Malice Towards None"
Land in Sight!
St. the
A Trial of Patience
We Meet Old Friends
Transferred at Last
We Hear teh Signal
Up the Yukon
Discomfort of Barge Life
Nearing Our Destination
The Promised Land
We Become Squatterswith
The "Sick Boy"
Our First Dinner in Dawson
We Become "Free Miners"
Visiting Mines wiht a Klondike King
Our Man Friday
Isaacs, the Irrepressible
Our Helpful Neighbours
A New Scheme
The RIDEOUT at Last
The Trials of Building
Business Propositions
A New Experience
In the New Home at Last
A Series of Disappointments
Adieu to Dawson
The Race with the DOMVILLE
The First Portage
The Skaguay Pass
A Day in Sitka
Farewell to Alaska

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