Log Cabins: An Epic Poem About Old-time Prospectors for Gold (Paperback)
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This book, written in verse, tells of my own prospecting experiences and Impressions, and was written while in the bush in 1979. The book describes various mining camps in Canada, and the log cabins prospectors lived in.
It starts in relatively recent times looking at the discovery of silver mines in the Cobalt-Haileybury area of Northeastern Ontario in the early 1900s, and then the search for Gold in the Red Lake area of northwestern Ontario in the 1930s and takes us into more recent times. Red Lake, Ontario, then was (and still is) a small gold-mining town, where in 1968 I met and married a 37 year old widow with three children.
The story also goes back to the Yukon Klondike Gold Rush, which forced prospectors to make a long climb on foot over the Chilkoot Pass and then cross Lake Bennett. The book tells of Klondike Mike, who carried his piano over the Chilkoot Pass, and arrived in the Yukon very exhausted at the end of that trek. Of course, it tells of many details of the town of Dawson, deep in the land of sand and gold.
In recent news (2016) a new significant Klondike discovery was made by a prospector from Timmins, Ontario, whom I met at the Prospectors and Developers Annual Convention ("PDAC") which says they have found the source of the placers, the "Mother Lode".
About the Author
Max Juby was born in 1931 on a Quebec farm and graduated from McGill University. Most of his professional life was spent prospecting and exploring for gold and other minerals. This involved extensive travel and lengthy periods on time in and around small mining towns across Northern Canada (the "bush"). His principal employer was well-known Canadian mining entrepreneur J.P. (Pat) Sheridan Sr. Max is now retired and lives in Montreal with family.
In 1979, Max discovered his writing bug and has written over 800 poems, some published on Poetry.com and some compiled in 14 books. He has also written over 7,000 songs, singing and performing them in various locations including Reno, Nevada and on YourTube.com. Max has the MaxJuby.com website, and at age 90 continues his prolific production by writing two or three new songs every single day.