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Facts in To Build a Fire

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To Build a Fire

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"The Yukon lay a mile wide and hidden under three feet of ice...."   (To Build a Fire)

In 1897, 21-year-old Jack London sailed to the Yukon as a gold prospector. He never found gold and was soon stricken with scurvy, nagging hip pains, and a gum ailment that lost him four of his teeth. Despite these setbacks, his Klondike experiences provided him fodder for many of his early stories.

"the main Yukon trail..."   (To Build a Fire)

“To Build a Fire” is set during the Klondike Gold Rush, a surge of gold-mining activity in the Yukon region of Northern Alaska between 1896 and 1899. One-hundred thousand prospectors traveled to the Yukon to make their fortune. The majority came away with little or nothing to show for their efforts.

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