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Author Wickersham, James, 1857-1939.

Title Old Yukon : tales, trails, and trials / by James Wickersham ; edited and abridged by Terrence Cole
Published Fairbanks : University of Alaska Press, [2009]
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Description 1 online resource (xlix, 302 pages) : illustrations, maps
Series Classic reprint series ; no. 10
Classic reprint series (Fairbanks, Alaska) ; no. 10
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
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
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Courts -- Alaska -- Anecdotes.
Frontier and pioneer life -- Alaska -- Anecdotes.
Alaska -- History -- Anecdotes.
Alaska -- Trials, litigation, etc. -- Anecdotes.
Yukon River Valley (Yukon and Alaska) -- History -- Anecdotes.
Genre/Form Anecdotes.
Form Electronic book
Author Cole, Terrence, 1953-
LC no. 2008053232
ISBN 1602231133 (electronic bk.)
9781602231139 (electronic bk.)