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Gold Rush Queen : The Extraordinary Life of Nellie Cashman (Paperback) (Thora Kerr Illing)
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Nellie Cashman (1845-1925) was an irrepressibly courageous adventurer and pioneer. Born in Ireland, she came to Boston with her family to escape the terrible famine there. When she heard of the gold mining, she moved west. She travelled to San Francisco by steamship via Panama only to be lured north by the promise of gold. Although she never became a miner herself, she followed the mining hotspots and opened up restaurants and boarding houses to take advantage of the economic boom.Her natural optimism told her that the mother lode was surely just over the next horizon, and when one venture failed, she wasted no time on regrets. She travelled from San Francisco to northern British Columbia to Tombstone, Arizona,where she became friends with the likes of Wyatt Earp. She then moved north to Alaska and the Kondike. She often travelled and camped the snowy wastes alone at a time when well-bred women wore tight corsets and entertained each other to tea. Nellie was probably never happier than when camping out on a frozen river under the stars.She became a philanthropist and famously generous. She was constantly raising funds to build hospitals or schools, or to rebuild communities after fires. No hungry man was turned away from the several restaurants she ran, and she would dip into her own savings to provision other mining hopefuls. No wonder the grave plaque describes her as friend of the sick and the hungry and to all men.
Number of Pages: 213
Genre: Biography + Autobiography, History
Author: Thora Kerr Illing
Street Date: October 4, 2016
Item Number (DPCI): 248-34-1372
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