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In 1907, Laura Beatrice Berton, a 29-year-old kindergarten teacher,
left her comfortable life in Toronto Ontario to teach in a Yukon
mining town. She fell in love with the North--and with a
northerner--and made Dawson City her home for the next 25 years.
I Married the Klondike is her classic and enduring memoir.
When she first arrived by steamboat in Dawson City, Berton expected
to find a rough mining town full of grizzled miners, scarlet-clad
Mounties and dance-hall girls. And while these and other memorable
characters did abound, she quickly discovered why the town was
nicknamed the "Paris of the North." Although the gold rush was
over, the townsfolk still clung to the lavishness of the city''s
golden era and the young teacher soon found herself hosting tea
parties once a month, attending formal dinners, dancing the minuet
at fancy balls and going on elaborate sleighing parties. In the
background a famous poet wrote ballads on his cabin wall, an
archbishop lost on the tundra ate his boots to survive and men
living on dreams of riches grew old panning the creeks for
While thousands of people left the Klondike each October on the
"last boat out" and Dawson City slowly decayed around her, the
author remained true to her northern home. Humorous, poignant and
filled with stories of both drudgery and decadence, I Married
the Klondike is an unforgettable book by a brave and
"I have read many books on the Yukon, but this is different. It is
the gallant personality of the author which shines on every page,
and makes her chronicle a saga of the High North."
--Robert Service, poet "The Cremation of Sam McGee"