Suggested Readings

Alaska's Past - Regional Perspectives

Drifting Home, Pierre Berton. New York: Alfred Knopf, 1974.
In the early 1970s, Berton, his wife, and their children retraced the Trail of `98" from Lake Bennett to Dawson that Berton's father had taken 70 years before. Interesting comparisons between the two journeys are made.

E. T. Barnette: The Strange Story of the Man Who Founded Fairbanks, Terrence Cole. Anchorage: Alaska Northwest Publishing Company, 1981.
The story of Fairbanks from the discovery of gold by Felice Pedroni to the downfall of the city's founder, E.T. Barnette. Although billed as a biography of Barnette, the book is a readable account of Fairbanks' development and its early politicians.

Everything I Know About Training and Racing Sled Dogs, George Attla. Rome, New York: Arner Publications, 1974.
Champion dog musher George Attla gives a day-by-day account of the 1973 Iditarod Trail race to Nome in which he finished fourth. Much of the book is about breeding, training, and racing sled dogs.

First Medicine Man: The Tale of Yobaghu-Talyonunk, Arthur Wright. Anchorage, Alaska: O.W. Frost, 1971.
Wright, a half -Athapaskan Espiscopal mission worker, translated this legend in the mid-1920s. It describes a medicine man, a hero among all Alaska Natives. Similar stories have been handed down in most Athapaskan groups.

The Klondike Fever, Pierre Berton. New York: Alfred Knopf, 1967.
A book regarded as one of the better accounts of the gold rush to Dawson.

Paddlewheels on the Frontier, the Story of British Columbia and Yukon Stern wheel Steamers, Art Down. Seattle, Washington: Superior Publishing Company, 1972 .
The design and operation of sternwheelers are explained. A chapter is devoted to steamboating on the Yukon River. The book includes many photographs of the Yukon River sternwheelers.

Sternwheels on the Yukon, Arthur Knutson. Snohomish, Washington: Snohomish Publishing Company, 1979.
A steamboat crewman remembers freighting on the Yukon River in the 1930s. Included are excerpts from his letters, stories about other sternwheelers and their crews, and many photographs.

Tales of the Bear: A Collection of Stories of the Lower Yukon Athapaskans, Kathleen Lynch. Anchorage: Adult Literacy Laboratory, Anchorage Community College, 1976.
These 62 stories are based on Ten'a Texts and Tales collected by missionary John Chapman who spent a number of years at Anvik.

This Old House, Joanne Wold. Anchorage: Alaska Northwest Publishing Company, 1976.
"This old house" is located in Fairbanks. The book is the story of Clara Rust and her family as well as a story of Fairbanks and the gold mining country north of the community.

Two in the Far North, Margaret Murie. New York: Alfred Knopf, 1962.
Margaret Murie, the first graduate of the University of Alaska, moved to Alaska as a child in 1911. She tells of life in Fairbanks before World War I, then describes her early married life and travels with her naturalist husband, Adolph Murie.

William Healy Dall, First Scientist of Alaska, Edward A. Herron. New York: Julian Messner, 1958.
This biography tells of Dall's explorations along the Yukon River as a scientist with the Scientific Corps of the Western Union Telegraph Expedition, 1865 1867. Dall's later explorations of other parts of Alaska are also described.

Wings Over Alaska: The Story of Carl Ben Eielson, Edward A. Herron. New York: Julian Messner, 1959.
Written especially for high school age readers, this biography is an exciting account of an Alaska pioneer aviator.

THE YUKON RIVER AND ITS PEOPLE
1800-1869 THE RUSSIANS AND ENGLISH MEET
1869-1896 STARS AND STRIPES UP THE RIVER
1896-1910 CHANGING LIFESTYLES, DIFFERENT VALUES
1910-1940
1940-1980 CONSTRUCTION BOOM
Suggested Readings