My cameo appearance on BBC2’s “Great American Railroad Journeys” can now be seen on the Internet. The episode appears here on YouTube. I make a short appearance about 16:00 minutes into the clip. The interview took place in the summer of 2018, when I went to Alaska for research and to lecture on my book…

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Tourists at Muir Glacier, 1880s

Eliza Scidmore is known largely for her role as the earliest visionary of Washington’s cherry trees. She was also an intrepid traveler. And the National Geographic Society considers her its first female explorer. The Geographic recently spotlighted some of its pioneering women on its blog. I kicked off the series with an article on Eliza…

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Steamer "Idaho" in Juneau, 1887

Of all I’ve learned about Eliza Scidmore so far, nothing has excited my imagination so much as her pioneering Alaska travel. She went for the first time in the summer of 1883, in a journey that became historic, as I show in the video below.     Scidmore, then 26, was working at the time…

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