This book placed sixth among 100 best nonfiction books selected by the Los Angeles Times and remains a regional best seller.
Because of it, the author was voted Historian of the Year by the Alaska Historical Society.
History has long ignored many of the earliest female pioneers of the Far North--the prositutes and other "disreputable" women who joined the mass pilgrimage to the booming gold camps of Alaska and the Yukon at the turn of the century. Leaving behind their hometowns and most constrainsts of the post-Victorian era, the "good time girls" crossed both geographic and social frontiers, finding freedom, independence, hardship, heartbreak and sometimes astonishing wealth.
These women possessed the courage and perseverance to brave a dangerous journey of more than a thousand miles into a harsh wilderness where men sometimes outnumbered them more than ten to one. Many of these women later became successful entrepreneurs, wealthy property owners, or the wives of prominent citizens; one former prostitute married the mayor of Fairbanks and hosted a visit from President Warren G. Harding. Their influence changed life in the Far North forever.
Lael Morgan offers an authentic, sympathetic, poignant, and often deliciously humorous account of the women who were extraordinarily independent even by today's standards.
"Guys, if you're not ready, don't stand in line!" Lillian of the Fairbanks red light district when the line to local whorehouses went around the block.