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And within eight months, he becomes king of Skagway. He owns all the bars, all the bordellos. He's selling fake deeds to mines. But sometimes, he's also quite ingenious. For example, when you arrive in Skagway and you get off the steamship, you want to send a telegram to your loved ones telling them you arrived safely. The problem is there were no telegraph lines in Skagway for another 10 years.
He was a member of a private detective force. And this is at a time when if you had a problem or you needed to track somebody down there was no FBI to call.
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You had to go private. And he goes to the Pinkertons when he thinks they're going to put a bowler hat on him and keep him in Chicago or send him to New York. But Mr. Pinkerton gets this idea, go to the Denver office. The West is becoming civilized, and you'll become our cowboy detective. And for the next 22 years, he goes off on cases riding on his horse all over the West.
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But the case that fascinated me is one that sends him off to Alaska. There's a robbery at a mining facility just outside Juno. There's the cowboy detective, a gold prospector and a con artist, and they all come together and collide. BLUM: Yeah. All their lives come together. A further gold robbery is prevented. There's a pretty neat shootout at the end on the waters just off Skagway.
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And at the same time I'm telling the story of these three lives and this drama, I'm also telling a story about the end of the Old West and the beginnings of the Yukon gold rush. BLUM: He fulfilled his one dream. And then after he did it, he kept on spending the rest of his life trying to relive this wonderful experience. He died in the '60s while he was still looking for another gold find, this time in Nevada. You traveled extensively throughout Alaska and the Canadian territories to research this book. What does this latest gold rush look like?
BLUM: It's a high-tech version of the same mood that struck in It's people who are out of work. There are no jobs for them in Detroit or wherever they're coming from, and they want to see if they could make it in Alaska.
The Floor Of Heaven: A True Tale Of The Last Frontier And The Yukon Gold Rush
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