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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: TwoDot; 1st edition (July 17, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762743727
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762743728
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,231,859 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“The grandest and healthiest life known is this rough pioneer life. And I don’t see why more women are not in the hills.” —Lillian Malcolm, 1905As owners of claims and as workers on the land, female miners made fortunes panning and mining, working right alongside men in the copper, silver, and gold fields of the American West. These determined and adventurous women were forces to be reckoned with as they faced countless hardships and harsh conditions in the mountains of Colorado, California, and all the way up to Alaska. A Beautiful Mine recounts the amazing stories of eleven of these women, including: Baby Doe Tabor, the stunning beauty with a definite mind of her own, who stood by a promise she made to her mining mogul husband on his deathbed—a promise that took her on a path from riches to rags. Nellie Cashman, who not only searched for gold but had a heart of gold, offering a clean, safe boardinghouse to those in need, whether they could pay or not. Gertrude Peckwith, whose successful mines led to conspiracy theories about the deaths of both her husbands and even her own death. Lillian Malcolm, the former stage actress whose finest performance took place out in the mines.

About the Author

Chris Enss is an award-winning screen writer who has written for television, short subject films, live performances, and for the movies. Her research and writing and reveals the funny, touching, exciting, and tragic stories of historical and contemporary times.Enss has done everything from stand-up comedy to working as a stunt person at the Old Tucson Movie Studio. She learned the basics of writing for film and television at the University of Arizona, and she is currently working with Return of the Jedi producer Howard Kazanjian on the movie version of The Cowboy and the Senorita, their biography of western stars Roy Rogers and Dale Evans.

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Chris Enss is a New York Times Best Selling author, a scriptwriter and comedienne who has written for television and film, and performed on cruise ships and on stage. She has worked with award-winning musicians, writers, directors, producers, and as a screenwriter for Tricor Entertainment, but her passion is for telling the stories of the men and women who shaped the history and mythology of the American West. Some of the most famous names in history, not to mention film and popular culture, populate her books. She reveals the stories behind the many romances of William "Buffalo Bill" Cody who moved on from his career as a scout on the plains to bring the enormously successful performance spectacle of Buffalo Bill's Wild West to audiences throughout the United States and Europe between 1883 and 1916. And she tells the stories of the many talented and daring women performed alongside men in the Wild West shows, who changed the way the world thought about women forever through the demonstration of their skills. Chris brings her sensitive eye and respect for their work to her stories of more contemporary American entertainers, as well. Her books reveal the lives of John Wayne, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, bringing to light stories gleaned from family interviews and archives. The most famous American couple of the 19th Century, General George Armstrong Custer and Elizabeth Bacon Custer draws her scrutiny as well. None Wounded, None Missing, All Dead reveals the personality of the fiery, lively Libbie and her lifelong effort to burnish her husband's reputation. Chris takes readers along the trail with the Intrepid Posse as their horses thunder after the murderer of Dodge City dance hall favorite Dora Hand, and she turns her attention to the famous Sam Sixkiller, legendary Cherokee sherriff, but perhaps most extraordinary are the stories of the ordinary men and women who shaped American history when they came west as schoolmarms, gold miners, madams, and mail-order brides.

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There's gold in them thar hills, and the women came to get it out! Chris Enss presents some of the finest snapshots of women prospectors of the old west and how they made their mark in history. When reading these marvelous tales of rough and tumble characters it is impossible not to get a feeling how our western states were developed.

There are many illustrations and actual photographs which depict how hard life actually had been for these women. Through the years they not only prospected, they found gold and had the mines to show for it. Side line businesses were started so as to fund their ventures in the hills. We learn about their restaurants, boarding houses, and managing skills. Yet, they gave charity to miners on the skids by giving them free food, bathing, and often staking to search for a new claim. Compassion was really the second name for many of these tough broads, but never cross them like Jamieson did when he shot and killed Charley (Charlotte) Hatfield's husband. She did a lot of searching for many years until she caught up with him by chance and shot him three times!

Author Chris Enss brings to this compilation of true stories, a keen eye for interesting anecdotes about each of these women of the old west. In 1905 Lillian Malcolm said "The grandest and healthiest life known is this rough pioneer life. And I don't see why more women are not in the hills." Early photographs are from many historical societies in the western states and you have to see them to really get this wonderful flavor of seeing a woman swinging a pick or sifting a pan for gold.

Chris has written for television, short subject films, live performances, and the movies. Her professionalism shines and you are easily transported to yesteryear in an old western motif.
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but different stories , such as the lady near yuma who wore her fortune in diamond bracelets under her dusty overalls. i think i wasted my life getting degrees and wearing clean clothes. what was i thinking?
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By Josie P. on August 16, 2012
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As an avid reader of women prospectors, this book adds a couple of characters to my library that I hadn't heard of before. Well written.
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Chris Enss has done it again! She is so good at telling stories about the lives of women. This book is surprising when you read the details about how so many women were absolutely determined to be miners and get in on the riches to be had. I'm amazed at how one lady lost several children to death, but she kept on going and became a miner. Those women were determined. Very interesting reading if you like to read about our ancestors' lives in the Old West. It is easy reading because it's so interesting. Congratulations on a job very well done, Chris.
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