Hazelet’s Journal: Travel Edition
A Riveting Alaska Gold Rush Saga
by George Cheever Hazelet, edited by J. H. Clark
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Pub Date 01 Sep 2022 | Archive Date 16 Apr 2023
Old Stone Press, Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), Members' Titles
This TRAVEL EDITION is designed in a paperback format, lightweight to fit inside a backpack to read (no wifi required) as the traveler makes his or her way to the town of Valdez, the staging site of the old 1898 pioneer tent city and trailhead of the Alaska gold fields.
This edition contains the same journal entries and stories contained in the hardcover version of HAZELET’S JOURNAL published in 2012. However, it adds traveler-useful content of the current sights and landscape along the 300 miles of Richardson Highway from Anchorage into Valdez.
HAZELET’S JOURNAL is a true 1898 Gold Rush story that gives us insight into the character of those who went before us, a sense of passion, loyalty, and resilience that was so much a part of the great American spirit that our country was founded upon. It's told in the journalist's original voice, captured for generations to come.
This journal is a great travel companion for curious explorers of early Alaska history. On your way into Valdez, you encounter the old Copper Center and pioneer mail hub at the confluence of the Copper and Klutina Rivers, the Kennecott Copper mines at McCarthy, Keystone Canyon with its beautiful waterfalls and the scene of the famous "shootout" between warring railway companies in 1907, and much, much more.
Discover the magic!
A Note From the Publisher
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"Step aside, Jack London, and make room at the bar for George Cheever Hazelet. John Clark’s marvelous edit of the journals his great-grandfather penned during the Alaskan Gold Rush is every bit as exciting and authentic as what the author of White Fang and The Call of the Wild wrote. Contemporary in experience and outlook, George Cheever Hazelet should have been the chronicler of the Klondike. He may yet become that.”
—FOREWORD REVIEWS (5-Star)
"Readers may find Hazelet’s Journal to be captivating reading, as it promises more excitement at every turn."
"Courage, endurance fill Alaska journal. An unvarnished look at the challenges prospectors faced in  Alaska"
—Orm Wilson, past president of The Filson Historical Society, Special to The Courier-Journal, Louisville, KY
“Cocooned as we are in the comforts of civilization, most of us have all but forgotten the ‘grit’ required of our ancestors as they settled the wilderness…Reading Hazelet’s Journal will cause thoughtful people to reconsider life as we know it.”
—Tori Murden McClure, explorer, adventurer, the first woman to row alone across an ocean, and author of A Pearl in the Storm, HarperCollins Publishers
“It’s an irresistible read and a reminder of how much we owe those who blazed the trails before us.”
—Nancy Lethcoe, teacher, activist, Olympic medalist, author Valdez Gold Rush Trails of 1898-99 Prince William Sound Books
“The story takes you from forest fires, earthquakes, months spent on the trail to the ruthless world of claim jumpers and last-chance gold rushers. It was impossible to put it down.”
—L. Douglas Keeney, author 15 Minutes: General Curtis LeMay and the Countdown to Nuclear Annihilation, St. Martin’s Press
“Hazelet’s career traces an epic trajectory from aspiring dreamer to battered adventurer and his own vivid writing mirrors the way stations of his quest for riches in the Alaska wilderness.”
—Dr. John R. Hale, archaeologist, distinguished scholar, winner of the Panhellenic Teacher of the Year Award and the Delphi Center Award, author Lords of the Sea: The Epic Story of the Athenian Navy and the Birth of Democracy, Viking Press
“Hazelet’s Journal weaves a provocative account of a man seeking his fortune in Alaska, capturing his strength and courage in a world far away from everything he knew and loved.”
—Patricia Relay, Executive Director, Valdez Museum & Historical Archives
“By publishing his ancestor’s journal, John Clark has made significant contributions to preserving the history of the American Northwest and Alaska.”
—Mark Davis, author Solicitor General Bullitt: Life of William Marshall Bullitt, Crescent Hill Books
“The American West and especially the Gold Rush have captured the imagination of Americans for decades. Here is a story about Alaska that puts flesh and blood on the imagery of migration and exploration. It is filled with agony and suffering but also bravery and heroism. Abraham Lincoln’s Secretary of State succeeded in buying Alaska for the United States. At the time, it was known as ‘Seward’s Folly.’ George Cheever Hazelet is one of the people who transformed ‘Seward’s Folly’ into a frontier of natural resources and human achievement. Hazelet’s Journal is an inspiring example of the triumph of the human spirit in the face of adversity.”
— John M. Mulder, historian, and prize-winning biographer of Woodrow Wilson
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I am so glad that this will now be published as a travel edition. After living in Alaska, this book is so much more than a historical account. Excellently curated, George Hazelet’s epic tale of braving everything Alaska could throw at him is an inspiration. Hazelet’s Journal will soon be a natural addition to every backpacker’s list for those quiet nights by firelight or flashlight and a historical classic.
Thank you, NetGalley!