Amazing Pipeline Stories, by Dermot Cole
In the 1970s, the world’s largest construction companies invaded Alaska in a wild rush to build the 800-mile $8 billion trans-Alaska pipeline. Workers by the tens of thousands headed north, hoping to make their fortunes working on the pipeline, in a stampede that dramatically affected Alaska. Amazing Pipeline Stories (224 pages) explores the avalanche of big money and new problems: drugs, prostitution, gambling, and violent crime. Rapid economic and social changes ultimately touched the lives of virtually every Alaskan. Nearly a quarter-century later, Fairbanks journalist Dermot Cole recalls the best of the pipeline stories with humor, authenticity, and drama.
“Amazing Pipeline Stories is well-researched and written.”
—Anchorage Daily News
“If you want to get a feel for the oil rush days in Alaska, Dermot Cole’s book will do it.”
Dermot Cole is a longtime columnist for the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner and author of five books, four of them about Alaska history. He writes a daily general interest column in the local section of the newspaper, writing about everything from politics to community events. Cole has written extensively about Alaska and Alaska history for nearly 30 years. He has worked for the Daily News-Miner since the 1970s, but he also spent one year at the Associated Press in Seattle. A graduate of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Cole is married to journalist Debbie Carte and has three children.
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