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Letters from a Gold Miner: Bigger John "B. J." Bower a.k.a. Billy Bowers, 1867-1949  -  Related Materials
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Visit the library for more information:

Alaska's libraries include audio, visual, and written material about the various gold rushes in Alaska. Visit your local library or go online to see what's available in holdings all over the state. Take these simple steps:
  1. Access SLED (State Library Electronic Doorway) at
  2. Click on the listing for ALNCat (the Alaska Library Network Catalog) to view the Basic Search window.
    Go to the Keyword field, and type in ALASKA GOLD. Refine your search for information on specific rushes, such as Iditarod, Ruby, or Fairbanks.

More Reading:

Eakin, Henry M. The Iditarod-Ruby Region, Alaska. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1914.

Gruening, Ernest. An Alaskan Reader, 1867-1967. New York: Meredith Press, 1966.

Harris, A. C. Alaska and the Klondike Gold Fields: Practical Instructions for Fortune Seekers. Philadelphia: National Publishing Co., 1897.

Haskell, William B., preface by Terrence Cole. Two Years in the Klondike and Alaskan Gold-fields, 1896-1898: A Thrilling Narrative of Life in the Gold Mines and Camps. Fairbanks: University of Alaska Press, 1998. Originally published: Two Years in the Klondike and Alaskan Gold-fields. Hartford, Conn.: Hartford Publishing Co., 1898.

Heller, Herbert L. Sourdough Sagas. Cleveland: World Publishing Co., 1967

Hunt, William R. North of 53°: The Wild Days of the Alaska-Yukon Mining Frontier, 1870-1914. New York: Macmillan, 1974.

Mackey, Billy E. Iditarod: Portrait of an Alaska Gold Rush Community. Doctoral Dissertation, Northern Arizona University, 1988.

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