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By Sarah Hurst
Mining News Contributing Writer 

Attorneys settle accounts in mining history

Miners brought law to Alaska in the late 19th and early 20th centuries - but order came much later, says Bundtzen

 

Last updated 1/30/2005 at Noon



Mining, of course, is the oldest profession in Alaska. In the late 19th century the "fancy ladies" followed the miners up to outposts like Juneau and Nome, and then came the lawyers. A motley crew of Alaska mining history buffs told entertaining stories at a panel discussion in Anchorage on Nov. 4, but they also had a serious message about the way disputes over mineral rights necessitated the w...



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