I was fortunate to live and work in Alaska for over 16 years where I researched local history and wrote about it for newspapers, magazines.  The history of the Wrangell Garnet Ledge is my third book on Wrangell’s History.

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Published August 22, 2016

The History of the Wrangell Garnet Ledge
and the History of thAlaska Garnet Mining & Manufacturing Corporation
Authored by Patricia A Neal 

This book is the result of over 37 years researching the women who owned the Alaska Garnet Mining and Manufacturing Corporation at Wrangell, Alaska in the early 1900s. They lived in the Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota area but seemed to virtually drop off the face of the earth. But I am happy to say that I have not only found the original women and their descendants but have found more women who were involved. In the process, this has become more than just the history of the Wrangell Garnet Ledge. It has become the story of Anna E. Durkee and her success as a well-known mining woman; although it could be said that her success was actually as a promoter of mining and/or fund-raiser. The Wrangell Garnet Ledge is better known as being owned by the Boy Scouts who held it in trust for the children of Wrangell. Several years ago the property was turned over to the First Presbyterian Church of Wrangell as required if the property stopped being used for scouting purposes.  Published August 22, 2016.  214 pages  Book Size: 7” x 10”

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Other Books by Patricia A. Neal

Fort Wrangell, Alaska: Gateway to the Stikine River 1834-1899
By Patricia A. Neal

To Purchase: Wrangell Museum, PO Box 1050, Wrangell, AK  99929
Phone: 907-847-3770  Email: [email protected]
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Stikine River Journal — Early Days on the Stikine River
By Patricia A. Neal

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