A Beautiful Mine: Women Prospectors of the Old West


A Beautiful Mine: Women Prospectors of the Old West by Chris Enss is a wonderful collection of true Americana. This book includes archival photographs of lady miners as well as the mines and boomtowns. The book also includes a section about Cowgirl Hall of Fame Honoree Nellie Cashman. Learn more about Cashman in our Hall of Fame site.

During the gold rush, women worked alongside men panning and digging for gold and silver in the mountains of Colorado, California, and all the way up to Alaska. While many books have been written about the frontier women who ran brothels and boarding houses in mining towns, none have told the true stories of ladies who labored as hard as men out in the mines.

Chris Enss is an award-winning screen writer who has written for television, short subject films, live performances, and for the movies. Her research and writing and reveals the funny, touching, exciting, and tragic stories of historical and contemporary times.

About the author:

Chris Enss has done everything from stand-up comedy to working as a stunt person at the Old Tucson Movie Studio. She learned the basics of writing for film and television at the University of Arizona, and she is currently working with Return of the Jedi producer Howard Kazanjian on the movie version of The Cowboy and the Senorita, their biography of western stars Roy Rogers and Dale Evans.

  • softcover
  • 160 pages

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