Includes bibliographical references (pages 322-345) and index.
Pioneering prostitutes -- Great Klondike stampede -- Mining the Klondike kings -- Real working girls -- Mae Field -- Corrine B. Gray -- Klondike Kate Rockwell -- Nome's crooked gold rush -- Fairbanks battling the odds -- Georgia Lee -- Richard Henry Geoghegan -- Callahans -- Tom Marquam -- Sin in Southern Alaska -- Tough times in Fairbanks -- Edith Neile -- Epilogue -- Notes -- Selected bibliography.
Morgan offers an authentic and deliciously humorous account of the prostitutes and other "disreputable" women who were the earliest female pioneers of the Far North. At the turn of the century, tens of thousands of Americans left their homes, escaping a worldwide depression & the restraints of the Victorian Era, to stampede to Alaska & the Yukon, where millions of dollars in gold was being discovered in remote, subartic mining camps. Women accompanied the men on the long journey to the Far North--more often prostitutes, dance hall girls & entertainers than respectful wives & schoolteachers. These are the girls of the demimonde, that "half world" of disreputable women who lived on the outskirts of society. Meet "Dutch Kate" Wilson, who pioneered many areas long before the "respectable" women who received credit for getting there first; ruthless heartbreakers Cad Wilson & Rose Blumkin; "French Marie" Larose, who auctioned herself off as a wife to the highest bidder; & Edith Neile, called the "Oregon Mare," famous for both her outlandish behavior & her soft-hearted generosity. These "good time girls" crossed geographic & social frontiers, finding freedom, independence, hardship, heartbreak & sometimes astonishing wealth. They were an important part of this key chapter in the history of the West, which holds a special place in the American imagination.