Treadwell Gold

An Alaska Saga of Riches and Ruin

Sheila Kelly

Treadwell Gold

Sheila Kelly

Distributed for University of Alaska Press

271 pages | 80 halftones | 7 x 10 | © 2010
Paper $17.95 ISBN: 9781602231184 Published February 2011
Cloth $35.00 ISBN: 9781602230750 Published May 2010
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.




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


The Place, the People, the Gold








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