From the California gold rush through the mid–twentieth century, a special breed of women played an integral and heretofore unrecognized part in some of the most stirring adventures of the pioneer experience: the saintly Nellie Cashman; the copper queen Ferminia Sarras, known for her grand sprees; the former rodeo champion turned prospector; the ex-actress who snowshoed her way to Nome; and many more. Chosen as one of the top ten books of all time by the Mining History Association, A Mine of Her Own tells the definitive story of America's women prospectors for the first time.
Sally Zanjani is adjunct political science professor at the University of Nevada, Reno. She is the author of Sarah Winnemucca (2001).
1998 Barbara Sudler Award, sponsored by the Colorado Historical Society, finalist