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Old Yukon: Tales, Trails, and Trials
by James Wickersham
introduction by Terrence Cole
University of Alaska Press, 2009
Paper: 978-1-60223-051-4 | eISBN: 978-1-60223-113-9
Library of Congress Classification F904.W66 2009
Dewey Decimal Classification 979.8


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 evident throughout the state—for example, he named the city of Fairbanks—this is the first and only work to focus on Wickersham’s life during this pivotal time in Alaska’s history.

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