Sedentary sports will enjoy this combination history and travel guide to ""Seward's Icebox"", over and above a few sections which have a textbook tinge. These are relieved with anecdotes of lost mines and miners and some of the flagrant figures of earlier times. Soapy Smith- the ""lord of misrule"" in lawless Skagway, Klondike Kate, the scarlet-coated Mounties, Robert W. Service are all present- but the real heroes are the ""Ninety- Eighters"" who came to Alaska in search of Eldorado but found hardship and failure instead. Their grim crossing through Chilcoot Pass, over the Whitehorse Rapids, and along the Yukon to Dawson City ended in disappointment, famine, scurvy and the cold which numbed their gold fever until news came of a new strike. The beauties and potentialities of this new frontier, its accessibility via the Alaska Highway, and an appendix of mileage and accommodation up-to-date the past for present readers and future visitors.