496 pages, 5 x 8
50 b&w illustrations
The Klondike Stampede
By Tappan Adney
This classic in Yukon gold rush literature was originally published in 1900 and has long been out of print. Tappan Adney, a New York journalist, was dispatched to the Yukon in 1897, at the height of the gold fever, to “furnish news and pictures of the new gold fields.” The pages contain excellent descriptions of the people, places, events, and experiences of the Klondike stampede. Adney was not only a good writer, he was also an accomplished photographer, and there are over 150 photographs and drawings in the text, adding an important visual dimension to the book.
With the approach of the centenary of the Klondike gold rush, this book deserves to be widely read.
Reprinting The Klondike Stampede was a good idea as it is the most readable and informative contemporary account of the Gold Rush excitement.
In The Klondike Stampede, Tappan Adney brings the seasoned eye of an experienced and competent journalist to the task of recording an extraordinary event ... Adney did not succumb to the tendency toward overstatement and exaggeration that is so common among the Klondike accounts. Instead, he captured, vividly and convincingly, in words and images, one of the more remarkable events of the nineteenth century.
Tappan Adney was born in Athens, Ohio, in 1868. He spent sixteen months in the Klondike, living and travelling with the stampeders. He returned to the north in 1900 to cover the Nome, Alaska, gold rush. He later moved to Woodstock, New Brunswick, where he died in 1950.
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