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Gold Rush Women
Transcript of Gold Rush Women
the Klondike gold rush took place from 1896 to the 1900s. While it took place in Canada many people passed through Alaska to get to the Klondike region. Many of these people were, in fact, women.
Harriet Pullen made her money tending to the stampeeders. Originally by selling pies, and then using the pie money to start a freighting business. Which was followed by the opening of a hotel. She died August 9, 1947.
While Kate's husband and brother were in the mines in the first winter months she kept food on their table by doing laundry for the other miners. During the spring her brother and husband collected over $100,000 from their winter work. They moved to California where Kate became self destructive and she was arrested for public disturbance. Her husband left her and moved up north she later divorced him with an appeal of $1.5 million worth of the discovered gold
Mary Hitchcock & Edith Van Buren
In 1898 Mary Hitchcock ad Edith Van Buren set out together to make their way in the Klondike.They both came from San Francisco and didn't leave the comforts of home far behind.
Harriet Pullen info and picture
Kate Carmack info and picture
Mary Hitchcock and Edith Vanburen info and picture
Women of the Klondike Gold Rush Picture
Women of Alaska
They brought dogs, two canaries, a parrot, two dozen pigeons, fine linen and dishes, air mattresses, and books. Wanting to bring the comforts of home with them, the pair's luggage also included a graphphone and records, musical instruments, an ice-cream freezer, a portable bowling alley, a "beautiful acetylene light with which we intended to illuminate our tent," and an animatoscope and accompanying films.
By: Margaret Gilbert,Chelsea Hagedorn &
Time Period of: Late Victorian late 1800 to Early 1900s
Though, for all intents and purposes Kate and her husband were married, it was a common law marriage, not recognized by any church or court. So, while her husband had struck it rich, when she became too self destructive and it was easier to get rid of her he sent her back to her native village. Without a single penny.
Many believed that this was not in the true pioneer spirit. That these two women were cheating in this endeavor. In due turn many of their possessions were damaged and they were not able to rough it as well as they'd hoped.
They used their tent to preform religious services during their stay in the Klondike
And while they were one of the successful ones in their adventure. The book of their journey written by Hitchcock but them on the list of famous women and was well read there after
The Pullen House Hotel, so named after the Pullen family. Was a former mansion which she purchased from a sea captain.
Pullen herself left her children behind taking only seven dollars she had to rebuild her life. After she succeeded in her hotel business she could finally sent for her children and bring them to her. It was also long assumed she was a widow, seeing as how no one in the town had ever seen her husband. But, eventually he came to the Klondike to strike it rich.
Why is This Important?
Women of the gold rush provides insight into the impact women had on the men and their influence on the men. The men worked harder at the mines and the women worked at home providing for the needs at the mine and at home. By taking the journey to the trails the women proved that they were just as capable as the men.
The independent travel of women through the wilderness, unaccompanied by any men, while considered unladylike, was one of the first, very important examples of women's liberation. No longer a singular effort, one woman rebuking conventional standards it was many women. They proved that they could rough it as well as most men, and sometimes even better. As well as succeeding in supporting themselves in the rough climate. These gold strikes are important for their cultural significance at the time breaking their social mores and now, helping, to this day with women's place in our history.