Forced to leave the Ireland they loved during the Famine, the Cashmans quickly took to the ways of the New World. After some years in Boston and San Francisco, Nellie chose the mining camps of Nevada and British Columbia for her first restaurant, hotel and mining ventures. She then spent more than a decade in the mining centers at Tombstone, Bisbee, Nogales, Kingston and other Southwest boom towns. By the late 1890s, Nellie Cashman had been in boom and bust in a dozen frontier communities for twenty-five years. Yet, this was the beginning, not the end of her quest for the gold and silver riches of the West. In 1898 she was off to the Klondike, where she operated restaurants and ran her own placer operations for six years, winning and losing a few fortunes. She then abandoned the "civilization" of the Yukon and headed into the Koyukuk River basin of Alaska, north of the Arctic Circle, the world's most northern gold mines. She persevered in this challenging environment until her death in 1925. Author Chaput interprets the volatile, ever-changing life of this frontier stampeder with the use of court cases, tax records, newspaper accounts, mining and geological literature, and the voluminous Cashman Papers held by the Sisters of St. Ann in Victoria, stalwart friends of Nellie for fifty years.