In 1849, sixteen-year-old Jack Fisher, of Philadelphia, headed for the rich goldfields of California, across the barren Midwest, enduring hardships every step of the way. Gold fever eventually drove him north to the banks of Wild Horse Creek in Kootenay country, where he finally claimed his fortune only to lose it as quickly as he found it.
This historical novel tells the story of Jack Fisher in an entertaining manner, one that reflects the overall spirit and experience of the frontier.
Jack Fisher was one of the thousands of gold seekers hoping not only to strike it rich but who eagerly embarked on an exciting search for a better way of life. Though this historical novel endeavors to capture the essence of the life and times of Jack Fisher, chances are if we knew all the details of his life this account would pale in comparison.
John S. FisheróJack to everyone who knew himówas one of the Kootenays and Flatheadís most colourful characters. May we all take the time to remember those who have come before us and reflect on the rich heritage and legacy they have left behind.
About the Author:
Keith Powell is a life-long resident of the Kootenays and is the publisher of Koocanusa Publications Inc. in Cranbrook. He has a keen interest in local history and the lives of the many colourful characters who at one time or another called the Kootenays home. He is the founder of Kootenay Business magazine and publisher of one of the largest independent publishing companies in western Canada. This is his first self-published historical novel.