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This tale chronicles the Alaska Railroad's construction as experienced by a fictitious, level-headed but down-on-his-luck Alaskan working alongside historical figures. A supporting cast of crazy (or perhaps brilliant) characters adds humor, and authentic photos augment this fun yet enlightening story, which will appeal to anyone with an interest in Alaska and her history.
About the Author
McKinney’s professional career was frequently coupled to Alaska and her railroad. His passion for both followed him into retirement and spawned a story about construction of the historic Alaska Railroad. He mixes history with fiction by telling the story through a cast of sometimes zany characters, like Poetic Pete, a Robert W. Service impersonator who tells us: In the prime of his life McKinney packed up his wife, and moved up north to Alaska. “To winter I’m averse, but it can’t be any worse, than the plains of Northern Montana. There may be some snowing, and perhaps some blowing, but ‘tis time my dreams are followed. And there’s work to be done in the midnight sun, with the Alaska Railroad.” He was first an auditor, then finally a railroader, the work to which he aspired. To avoid the coldness, he took a job in the office, and got stuck there until he retired. Now he writes just for fun, and lives in the sun, where it’s never fifty below. He misses railroadin’, and Alaskan fishin’, but he’s finally away from that snow.
"Evan McKinney's High Iron to Fairbanks is the history novel for the non-history buff. It showcases a slice of the Alaska Railroad's rich beginnings during the 1914-1923 construction years told through quirky fictional characters that make the early days come alive. Grab a copy before you ride the rails and you'll have an entertaining and rich perspective on what it took to carve a rail line through Alaska's remote frontier." - Wendy Lindskoog VP, Alaska Railroad