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Old Yukon ❴BOOKS❵ ⚡ Old Yukon Author James Wickersham – Thomashillier.co.uk 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 300000 s 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 suare 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.


3 thoughts on “Old Yukon

  1. Max Malavansky Max Malavansky says:

    Fascinating history of Judge WickershamA larger than life Judge Wickersham and his exploits in his career we're better off for it I highly recommend this book


  2. Dave Dave says:

    This book is Judge James Wickersham's account of his time in Alaska serving as the Third District Federal Judge in the territory of Alaska at the turn of the Twentieth Century Its a fascinating read but will appeal to a very select audience I am from Fairbanks Alaska and have a fascination for Alaskan history so this is right up my ally I'd highly recommend this book to anyone interested in Alaska the gold rush or tales of the north in general Terrance Cole University of Alaska historian introduces the book and has edited and abridged it He's done a superb job in my view of bringing the judge and his times alive for the contemporary reader; thank you TerranceWickersham was a key figure in settling interior Alaska in general and Fairbanks in particular in the first decade of the twentieth century Gold rush Alaska was a dog eat dog tough place One key to settling the territory was to bring sanity law and order to its rapidly expanding population Wickersham was a stalwart in that regard He was never afraid to stand up to the rabble He was also a bit of a visionary in regard to what Alaska's bright future could hold if the right decisions were made and justice was upheld But Wickersham was also a complex and controversial figure as editor Cole points out throughout the book He gathered both admirers and enemies by the boat load in his wake He also was one of the very first to explore Mt McKinley which is also detailed in this book I recommend this as a good and enjoyable read


  3. Mary Roush Mary Roush says:

    Judge James Wickersham was a larger than life character in a larger than life setting His book Old Yukon is dense with his tales trails and trials from aiding stampeders in opening up The Tanana Yukon valley to his own grand adventures climbing Denali to legal battles with greedy politicians trying to usurp the wealth of Alaska Judge Wickersham paints a rich history I learned about Alaska's geology and geography flora and fauna and her history of native peoples explorers prospectors scoundrels and champions Fun and hearty


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