Alaskan and Aviation titles by Jim Rearden, the Alaska Historical Society 1999 Historian of the Year



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Old Alaska II

Events of the 1900s

by Jim Rearden

Here are just some of the fascinating stories about Alaska in the 1900s collected by Jim Rearden, one of the state’s premier writers: Former Marine Bill Brody fought a huge grizzly bear with bare hands—and survived • Frontier woman Fannie Quigley mined gold and outdid many men in use of plain language • The strange life of Cap Lathrop, at one time Alaska’s richest man • The amazing story of the wreck of the passenger/freight SS Yukon • Saga of the Ice Ship Bear • Tales of legendary Bush pilots.

6"x9", paperback, 272 pages. $21.95. ISBN 978-157510-172-9









Leonhard Seppala

The Siberian Dog and the Golden Age of Sleddog Racing 1908-1941

by Bob and Pam Thomas

The Nome Kennel Club was founded ostensibly to sponsor races as a way to settle the never-ending dispute over who owned the best dogs. The club’s rules for participation led to a greater respect for and care of sled dogs in a way that, until recently, had yet to be fully appreciated. That Leonhard Seppala and his Siberians became the ambassadors carrying the Nome Kennel Club’s humane dog care message from Nome to New England was inevitable—nice-looking, calm, friendly dogs who adored their driver and a charismatic man who loved his dogs.

This book includes race results from the era, pedigrees and numerous photos, many from Seppala's daughter Sigrid Seppala Hanks.

11"x8.5", 216 pages, paperback, $29.95.
ISBN 978-1-57510-170-5





Old Alaska
Events of the 1900s

by Jim Rearden

Here are just some of the fascinating stories about Alaska in the 1900s collected by Jim Rearden, one of the state’s premier writers: • Rex repaid a lifelong debt when a bear attacked his master. • What is it like to have your 60-foot-long boat sink under you in the Bering Sea? • Queenie, a half-wolf dog, was the leader of latter-day Mountain Man Frank Glaser’s wolf-dog team. Why was she special? • Why was there a rush to buy padlocks and keys in Interior Alaska? • Do dogs go to heaven? • Why was a gun mounted on a small plane on Kodiak Island? • How did Fairbanksons heat their homes before the commercial production of coal in the Interior? • How gold was discovered at Fairbanks by a determined foreign-born prospector. • Learn a secret way of raising potatoes in Alaska from the experience of a sourdough. • How do you count salmon in a silty river?

6"x9", paperback, 216 pages. $19.95. ISBN 978-157510-167-5




Kantishna—Mushers, Miners, Mountaineers

The Pioneer Story Behind Mount McKinley National Park

by Tom Walker

The Kantishna is rife with stories of courage, loyalty and challenges met head-on. Bouts with wild beasts, isolation, disease, accidents and cosmic cold. Here too are darker tales—of armed robbery, attempted murder, suicide and insanity. Market hunters slaughtered the wildlife. Unscrupulous trappers poisoned animals for their fur. Here are stories of these tough pioneers, tales similar to those that inspired Robert Service and Jack London—only these stories are true.

6"x9", 242 pages, 39 photos, maps, drawings, paperback, $17.95.
ISBN 1-57510-124-6








Jim Rearden’s Alaska
Fifty Years of Frontier Adventure

by Jim Rearden

Jim Rearden, Alaska’s most popular outdoor journalist, recounts his search throughout the Far North for interesting people, places and events. Did he ever find them? Rearden combines twenty previously published articles into a “best of collection,” interspersed with fresh insights into a changing Alaska. He shares his favorite stories about:
· Hilarious and hair-raising episodes of early day bush pilots
· A narrow escape from death on Mount McKinley
· Hollywood’s humorous attempt to make a "genuine" Alaska Film
· A Swedish trapper who spent 57 years alone in the wilderness
· Why the Wolverine has such a quirky reputation
· The secret recovery of a Japanese Zero fighter during WWII
· Guarding Alaska’s streams from salmon poachers

6"x9", black and white photos and maps, 288 pages, paperback: $17.95. ISBN 1-57510-121-1




The Great Alaska Pipeline

by Stan Cohen

The early history of Alaska was shaped by the exploitation of the territory’s vast natural resources, mainly gold. But it was the discovery of commercial oil deposits, first in the Kenai-Cook Inlet area and later on the Arctic slope, that dramatically upped the stakes and changed the character of the State forever. The Trans Alaska Pipeline Authorization Act of 1973 was signed into law by President Nixon on November 16, 1973. Construction could now begin on one of the largest human endeavors ever attempted.

8 1/2"x11", 144 pages, 277 photos, paperback, $14.95.
ISBN 0-933126-71-9

 

 




Shadows on the Koyukuk

An Alaskan Native’s Life Along the River

by Sidney Huntington as told to Jim Rearden

This is more than one man’s incredible tale of hardship and success in Alaska. It is also a tribute to the Athapaskan traditions and spiritual beliefs that enabled him and his ancestors to survive. His story, simply told, is a testament to the durability of Alaska’s wildlands and to the strength of the people who inhabit them.

6"x9", black and white photos, 240 pages, paperback, $16.95. ISBN 978-1-57510-153-8








McKinley Station

The People of the Pioneer Park that Became Denali

by Tom Walker

For four long years after the park was created, the residents of two communities—McKinley Station in the east an Kantishna in the west—used the park as they always had, hunting, trapping, and prospering without restraint. The wildlife slaughter gained national attention. Finally, the government hired the park’s first ranger, Harry Karstens, a man of courage, strength and tenacity. Despite long odds Karstens overcame nearly insurmountable challenges to develop and protect Mt. McKinley National Park, Alaska’s crown jewel.

6"x9", 126 black-and-white photos, maps and drawings, 390 pages, paperback, $21.95. ISBN 1-57510-145-3







Gold Rush Gateway
Skagway and Dyea, Alaska

by Stan Cohen

Situated at the head of the Lynn Canal are two sites of much importance to the history of the Klondike Gold Rush, one of the greatest adventures North America has ever known. At the mouth of the Taiya River is the abandoned site of Dyea, once the major gateway to the Chilkoot Trail and the water route to the interior of the Yukon. Four miles to the southeast of Dyea, at the mouth of the Skagway River, lies the other major gateway to the goldfields by way of the White Pass Trail—Skagway.

8 1/2"x11", 142 pages, 241 photos, paperback, $11.95.
ISBN 0-933126-48-4




Sam O. White, Alaskan

Tales of a Legendary Wildlife Agent and Bush Pilot

by Jim Rearden with a foreword by Richard Wien

Sam O. White was a tough, deep-voiced, six-foot-tall, two-hundred-pound former Maine lumberjack and guide. From 1922, for half a century he criss-crossed wild Alaska by foot, with packhorses, dog teams, canoe, riverboat, and airplane. He helped map the Territory. He trapped fur. He became the world’s first flying game warden. White wrote exciting tales about his Alaska adventures. Those writings make up the bulk of this volume.

6"x9", black and white photos, 442 pages, paperback: $23.95.
ISBN 978-1-57510-130-9








The Streets Were Paved With Gold

A Pictorial History of the Klondike Gold Rush

by Stan Cohen

No gold rush in history could match the Klondike Rush of 1896-99 in the almost insane drive of people to conquer distance and weather conditions to reach the rich deposits of placer gold in the frozen, barren area of the Klondike River in the Yukon Territory of northern Canada.

8 1/2"x11", 212 pages, 300 photos, maps, paperback, $12.95
ISBN 0-933126-03-4

 




 

The Trail of ’42

A Pictorial History of the Alaska Highway

by Stan Cohen

We can thank, in part, the cooperation of the United States and Canadian governments for building the road and bringing it to the condition it is in now for the tourist traveling to Canada and Alaska. It has undoubtedly vastly increased the modernization of the North Country, which may in fact be considered a sin to some of the old-timers in the area.

7"x10", 112 pages, 171 photos, paperback, $7.95. (VHS Video, $19.95; Sorry, the VHS Video is no longer available; DVD, $19.95). ISBN 0-933126-06-9









The Wolves of Alaska

A Fact-based Saga

by Jim Rearden

Alaska has announced that wolves are to be killed on the Tanana Flats near Fairbanks to allow a moose population to rebuild. A pretty Boston school teacher, representing an animal rights organization, arrives to “save” Alaska’s wolves. As she becomes involved, her initial antagonistic relationship with a wolf biologist slowly changes as she learns about wolves and Alaska.

6"x9", 352 pages, paperback: $18.95.
ISBN 978-1-57510-099-9








Highway On The Sea
A Pictorial History
of the Alaska Marine Highway System

by Stan Cohen

Discover one of Alaska’s best-kept secrets, the Alaska Marine Highway system. Many of Alaska’s charming and historical cities are inaccessible by conventional highway systems, and are connected only by air or water. The Alaska Marine Highway offers a flexible and affordable alternative to highly structured packaged tour and cruise travel.

11"x8 1/2", 52 pages, 65 photos, paperback, $7.95.
ISBN 0-929521-87-0




Alaska’s Wolf Man

The 1915–55 Wilderness Adventures of Frank Glaser

by Jim Rearden
Introduction by former Alaska Governor Jay Hammond

Between 1915 and 1955 adventure-seeking Frank Glaser, a latter-day Far North Mountain Man, trekked across wilderness Alaska on foot, by wolf-dog team, and eventually, by airplane. In his career he was a market hunter, trapper, roadhouse owner, professional dog team musher, and federal predator agent. A naturalist at heart, he learned from personal observation the life secrets of moose, caribou, foxes, wolverines, mountain sheep, grizzly bears, and wolves—especially wolves.

6"x9", black and white photos and maps, 352 pages, paperback: $19.95.
ISBN 978-1-57510-047-0


In its sixteenth printing.



Journey To The Koyukuk
The Photos of J. N. Wyman, 1898–1899

In April of 1898, Jasper N. Wyman left his native state of Illinois bound for Alaska. He and some 24 other members of the newly created Galesburg-Alaska Mining and Developing Company had each contributed $700 and had put together a complete outfit of mining equipment, clothing and provisions to last more than two years.

11"x8 1/2", 128 pages, 104 photos, paperback, $10.95.
ISBN 0-933126-99-9




 

The White Pass and Yukon Route

A Pictorial History

by Stan Cohen

The Klondike Gold Rush spawned the railroad in 1898. The line was built to alleviate the hardships of the gruesome trip over the passes to the gold fields in the interior of the Yukon. By the time the railroad was completed in the summer of 1900 the rush was over, but the White Pass Route survived nev­ertheless, and continued for 82 years to provide a vital link between the Yukon and the outside world.

8 1/2"x11", 128 pages, over 200 photos, paperback, $9.95.
ISBN 0-933126-08-5






Yukon River Steamboats

A Pictorial History

by Stan Cohen

Nowhere else on the continent was there such a proliferation of steamboats and for so long a period of time as on the Yukon River. The river was home to boats of one kind or another for close to 90 years, and the era did not end until 1955, long after the other river systems had switched to more economical means of river transportation.

8 1/2"x11", 128 pages, 155 photos, maps, paperback, $11.95.
ISBN 0-933126-19-0






Rails Across The Tundra
A Historical Album of the Alaska Railroad

by Stan Cohen

Unlike most of the nation’s rail­roads, the Alaska Railroad was totally financed and constructed by the United States government. Construction began at about the time of the completion of the Panama Canal. Although separated by thousands of miles, the railroad and the canal shared some of the same supervisory personnel and equipment, and both opened up major commercial arteries.

8 1/2"x11", 152 pages, 285 photos, maps, rolling stock drawings, paperback, $12.95. ISBN 0-933126-43-3






The Alaska Flying Expedition

The U.S. Army’s 1920 New York to Nome Flight

by Stan Cohen

One of the most daring aviation adventures took place in the summer of 1920 when eight daredevil U.S. Army Air Service fliers made a historic flight from Long Island, New York, to the barren coast on the Bering Sea and the famous Alaskan gold mining camp of Nome. The approximate round-trip distance was 9,000 miles, much of it over uncharted country.

8 1/2"x11", 120 pages, 158 photos, paperback, $12.95.
ISBN 1-57510-041-X





8.6
The Great Alaska Earthquake, March 27, 1964

by Stan Cohen

Seismologists describe an earth­quake with a recording on the Richter Scale greater than 8.2 as follows: “Few masonry structures, if any remain standing; bridges destroyed; broad fissures in ground; underground pipe lines completely out of service; earth slump and land slips in soft ground; and rails bent greatly.” The Good Friday earthquake that struck southern Alaska, March 27, 1964 had a magnitude of between 8.2 and 9.2.

8 1/2"x11", 140pages, over 200 photos, 10 full-color pages, paperback, $12.95. ISBN 0-929521-96-X





Alaska’s First Bush Pilots, 1923–30

And the Winter Search in Siberia for Eielson and Borland

by Jim Rearden
foreword by Richard Wein

This story follows the careers of Alaska’s pioneering pilots, who, with cranky open-cockpit biplanes, started the great changes in Alaska’s way of travel. During the summer of 1923 Ben Eielson was the first to fly commercially from Fairbanks, ferrying passengers and light freight with an open cockpit Jenny (JN4) biplane. It was the beginning of the leap from ground travel to air. By the 1930s, Alaska’s growing aviation industry had revolutionized transportation in the Territory. This volume is a fond look back at the triumphs and tragedies of the pioneering Ben Eielson, Noel Wien, Harold Gillam, Joe Crosson, Ed Young, and others, the great pilots who were the first bush pilots of Alaska.

6"x9", black and white photos and maps, 296 pages, paperback: $19.95.
ISBN 978-1-57510-147-7




Castner’s Cutthroats

Saga of the Alaska Scouts

by Jim Rearden


Innokenty McBratney, the half-Aleut son of a Scot trader from the Aleutian island of Attu; Talky Lloyd, a renegade Colorado cowboy turned Alaska guide/trapper; Johnny Blackwolf, an Athapaskan from the arctic Koyukuk valley; Shorty the Bear, a trapper from deep in the Wrangell Mountains; Silver Fox Will Rooney, a trapper and commercial fisherman from Bristol Bay. These are the heroes of this exciting tale of the Alaska Scouts who play a key role in the Aleutian Campaign for World War II.

6"x9", black and white photos and maps, 384 pages, paperback: $23.95. ISBN 978-1-57510-084-5




 





Forgotten Warriors of the Aleutian Campaign


by Jim Rearden

On June 3 and 4, 1942, Japanese carrier planes bombed, and Zero fighters machine-gunned, the U.S. military base at Dutch Harbor, Alaska. On June 7, Japanese troops seized two Aleutian islands—Attu and Kiska. Read the details of the 15-month Aleutian Campaign in which 144,000 American servicemen fought two enemies—the Japanese and the savage weather.

8.5"x11", black and white photos, 208 pages, paperback: $18.95.
ISBN 1-57510-120-3










Hunting Alaska’s Far Places

Half a Century with Rifle and Shotgun

by Jim Rearden

Join life-long hunter and one-time Alaska registered big game guide Jim Rearden as he roams the Alaska wilds with rifle and shotgun in this collection of Alaska hunting yarns he has written over the past half century. Many detail his hunting experiences; others tell of other hunter’s adventures.

6"x9", black and white photos, 256 pages, paperback: $23.95.
ISBN 978-1-57510-140-8









In The Shadow of Eagles

From Barnstormer to Alaska Bush Pilot, a Flyer’s Story

by Rudy Billberg as told to Jim Rearden

Rudy Billberg’s story takes readers through the great age of aviation, from his first airplane ride in Minnesota in 1927 to his bush flying career in Alaska beginning in 1941. One of the authentic aviation pioneers, Billberg writes of his countless adventures and close calls through the decades; stunt flying at Midwestern air shows, flying out of Nome into the frozen Arctic, and more.

6"x9", black and white photos, 348 pages, paperback: $19.95.
ISBN 978-1-57510-154-5







Koga’s Zero

The Fighter that Changed World War II

by Jim Rearden

Found upside down in an Alaskan bog in the eighth month of our war with Japan, a Japanese fighter plane was retrieved and soon test flown by U.S. pilots. Knowledge gained from those flights ended the dominance of the Zero in the Pacific.

7"x10", black and white photos, 128 pages, paperback: $12.95.
ISBN 0-929521-56-0








Slim Moore, Alaska Master Guide

A Sourdough’s Hunting Adventures and Wisdom

by Jim Rearden
foreword by Sarah Palin

The stories of Alaska Master Guide Slim Moore found in this volume were tape-recorded by the author in 1956. Told with humor, and in exciting detail, they recall a sparsely inhabited Alaska, with old-fashioned month-or-more mixed-game guided hunts—a far cry from most of today’s hurry-up guided hunts.

6"x9", black and white photos, 160 pages, paperback: $14.95.
ISBN 978-1-57510-139-2











Travel Air NC9084

The History of a 75-year-old Working Airplane

by Jim Rearden

Documented with copies of old log books and dozens of photos, this is the surprising history of a 75-year-old airplane built in a factory owned by airplanes giants Clyde Cessna, Walter Beech, and Lloyd Stearman.

6.5"x9.5", black and white photos, 126 pages, paperback: $14.95.
ISBN 1-57510-105-X



 

 


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