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Alaska Nellie

Alaska Nellie

by Nellie Neal Lawing

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NOT A GHOST WRITTEN ROMANCE…but the true story of an Alaskan pioneer who went North as a young girl during the exciting days of the development of the Alaskan Railroad. Offers of publishers to edit her copy and rewrite the book were repeatedly rejected in order that the story might be told accurately and the true sentiment of the writer in these later years be conveyed to the reader.

Leaving gunfire and bloodshed in the rowdy mining camps of Cripple Creek, Colorado, Alaska Nellie—without friends or even acquaintances to turn to for advice or help—travelled along to the strange land that was then truly a frontier.

The hardships she endured, the cold and hunger, miles of travel on foot, pulling a sled without the aid of dogs, the dangers she encountered and kind assistance she gave to those in need have made her name one that is known and loved throughout the entire territory.

Everyone will enjoy this thrilling story of one of the few woman pioneers who lived to “carry on.”

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ISBN-13: 9781789123203
Publisher: Papamoa Press
Publication date: 01/13/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 161
Sales rank: 1,013,983
File size: 7 MB

About the Author

Nellie Neal Lawing (July 25, 1873 - May 10, 1956), known as Alaska Nellie, was an Alaskan frontierswoman, roadhouse operator, and hunter.

Born in Missouri, Lawing moved to Alaska in 1915 after leaving her first marriage. She worked as a camp cook until the next spring, when she won a government contract to open a roadhouse along the Alaska Railroad. Her first roadhouse was located at Mile 45 of the railroad, an area which she named Grandview; while at the roadhouse, she gained a reputation as a hunter and dog sled musher and became a local hero after saving a mail carrier in a blizzard.

She later ran the Kern Creek Roadhouse and a roadhouse in the Hurricane area. While working at the latter roadhouse in 1923, she met then-U.S. President Warren G. Harding, members of his cabinet, and Alaska Governor Scott Bone, who were traveling the railroad to honor its completion. Lawing became engaged to Kenneth Holden in 1923, but he was killed in an industrial accident before the two could marry. Due to her despair and the decreasing need for railroad roadhouse operators, Lawing retired to the Roosevelt roadhouse on Kenai Lake. She soon received a marriage proposal from Holden’s cousin Bill Lawing; the two married and converted the Roosevelt roadhouse to a restaurant and museum. When a post office opened at the site in 1924, it was named Lawing in Nellie’s honor; she served as the postmistress for its first nine years of operation.

She opened a wildlife museum in her roadhouse, which she filled with her many hunting trophies. Her collection already filled two railcars when she moved to the roadhouse, and it continued to expand while she lived there; among other prizes, it included three stuffed glacier bears. She also was known to keep pet bear cubs in the museum. Her museum became a major tourist attraction, and she gave lectures on Alaska’s wildlife to visitors.

Nellie died in Kenai, Alaska in 1956, aged 82.

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