Crooked Past: The History of a Frontier Mining Camp (Paperback)

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The crookedest street in Fairbanks, an Alaskan sourdough once said, is rightly named for town founder E. T. Barnette. Crooked Past, Terrence Cole's lively history of Fairbanks examines one of Alaska's most notorious con men. Barnette, a footloose fortune hunter who had served time in an Oregon penitentiary, came north during the Klondike gold rush of 1897-1898. He struck it rich after founding the city of Fairbanks in the early 1900s. Yet less than ten years later he was run out of the territory and allegedly disappeared in Mexico, becoming the most hated man in the town he founded and fled.

About the Author


Terrence Cole is professor of history and director of the Office of Public History at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He lives in Fairbanks.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780912006536
ISBN-10: 0912006536
Publisher: University of Alaska Press
Publication Date: June 1st, 1991
Pages: 163
Language: English