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A Mine of Her Own: Women Prospectors in the American West, 1850-1950
From the California gold rush through the mid–twentieth century, a special breed of women played an integral and heretofore unrecognized part in some of the most stirring adventures of the pioneer experience: the saintly Nellie Cashman; the copper queen Ferminia Sarras, known for her grand sprees; the former rodeo champion turned prospector; the ex-actress who snowshoed he ...more
Paperback, 375 pages
Published September 1st 2000 by Bison Books
(first published May 1st 1997)
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This book provided a fascinating look at the life of women prospectors in the West. I was struck by the notion that during this time, a woman couldn't simply desire to be outside, she had to marry a miner or, less typically, stake a claim of her own in order to live unencumbered in the desert west. (Or, pretend to be man.) The women in this book were early radical feminist pioneers. I was sorry when their stories ended.