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Tomboy Bride: A Woman's Personal Account of Life in Mining Camps of the West

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Publisher Comments:

Harriet Backus writes about her life as an assayer's wife and true pioneer of the West with heart-felt emotion and vivid detail. Sharing her amusing and often challenging experiences as a new bride in the high San Juan Mountains where the Tomboy Mine operated above Telluride, Colorado, she paints a poignant picture of the people, and the life centered around silver mining where most of the book takes place. It is a skillfully written account from a women's perspective in a rough and tumble mining town that has made this book a classic for women's studies.  Harriet's life followed her husband George's career which took them many places beyond the San Juan Mountains including the rugged coast of British Columbia, and the mountainous mining town of Elk City, Idaho and back to Colorado's Leadville. Although both Hattie and George were from the San Francisco bay area where they eventually retired, her heart never quite left the rugged mountain trails of the high San Juans of Colorado.

 

Synopsis:

A true pioneer of the West, Harriet Backus writes about her amusing and often challenging experiences with heart-felt emotion and vivid detail. New foreword by Pam Houston and afterword by author's grandson Rob Walton are featured.

About the Author

Harriet Fish grew up in the San Francisco bay area, and taught school until the San Francisco earthquake of 1906 closed the schools. She then worked for the Telegraph Company for two years. Her sweetheart of high school days, George Backus, a graduate of the University of California School of Mines, found work as an assayer in Telluride, Colorado. Against her familys wishes, she traveled to Denver since her fiancee could not return to California for the wedding. Hattie, as she was called remained happily at her husband's side his entire life although she was fearlessly independent and strong on her own. While George was introverted and competent, Hattie Fish Backus overshadowed him as an extroverted, smart, controlling, opinionated and very devoted wife. She wrote Tomboy Bride in the early 1940s, but it was repeatedly rejected by publishers. Being independent and ahead of her time, she self-published the book. In 1977, Pruett Publishing of Boulder, Colorado took over publication, and over 75,000 copies of the book have been sold since that time.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780871085122
Foreword:
Backus, Harriet Fish
Author:
Houston, Pam
Author:
Walton, Robert G
Author:
Pam, Houston
Author:
Backus Harriet Fish
Author:
Backus, Harriet Fish
Author:
Harriet Fish, Backus
Publisher:
Westwinds Press
Location:
Boulder, Colo.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Historical - U.S.
Subject:
West (u.s.)
Subject:
Backus, Harriet Fish
Subject:
Biography-Women
Subject:
Sex and Gender - Feminine
Subject:
Women studies
Subject:
Life in Colorado mining camps
Subject:
Autobiography, Women, Mining
Edition Number:
2
Edition Description:
Print PDF
Series:
The Pruett Series
Publication Date:
19800131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
33
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.4 x 5.5 x 0.9 in

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