A lively and colorful account of twenty-five years spent in Dawson gives a picture of the typical aspects of the life of a town. The author came to Dawson as a young teacher fourteen years after the Gold Rush. The city was already dwindling, but she stayed to marry and bring up her children and enjoy the life of the town, until the Depression demanded exodus. The drama of the formal social affairs simultaneously with desperate struggles out-of-doors, among them man vs grizzly; the color of Lousetown and local characters; the tragedy of the sinking of the Sophia; the pleasures of outdoor living all are here. Most of all, there is a wonderful sense of the town as ""the Inside"", with ""the Outside"" the outer world into which people disappear forever --the feeling of the isolated town of the North and its abundant life. Style, humor, romance, history blend in an absorbing book about yesteryear.