The Cheechakoes

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The Cheechakoes


By: Gene Madsen


About the Book

Cheechakoes is a novel based on fact. The gold rush of 1897-98 was one of the great episodes in American history.

When the Tlingit Indian first saw these men and women packing their gear up the Chilkoot Trail, they called them “Cheechakoes” (chee-cha-koes) which means “Greenhorn.” Thirty thousand men and women from the United States and other countries headed north from Dyea on the Alaskan coast. These poor souls traveled by foot, carrying their required 1150 pounds of food plus their equipment, thirty-three miles over rugged country, fighting deep snow and frigid temperatures to Lake Bennett.

Then they had to build a boat and travel 500 miles down the Yukon River to Dawson City.

The lust for gold made these men struggle against insurmountable odds, for a chance to make their fortunes.

New of the Yukon gold drew men from their $1.00 a day jobs in California to Alaska hoping to strike it rich.

Sit back, put your feet up and enjoy this story about the 1897-98 Yukon gold rush.


(2020, Paperback, 312 Pages)

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