Toughnut Angel: The Tale of a Real-Life Adventuress of the Old West
Jane Carlile Baker
Born during Ireland’s Potato Famine in the 1800s, Nellie Cashman determined never to behave like the English, who cared only for money. In a time when women didn’t pursue adventure, this lass carved her own trail. The lady chose to mine and seek fortunes in the man’s world of Old West mining camps. She meant to make enough money never to be thrown from her home again, and to help the downtrodden around her. Witness Nellie’s finest hour braving Canadian blizzards for months to trickle lime juice into the bleeding mouths of mining friends dying of scurvy. Ask yourself, could you challenge the Apaches of Arizona Territory or the Gunfight at the OK Corral with five orphaned nieces and nephews in tow? Would you scale the infamous Alaskan Chilkoot Pass in the dead of winter at 53 years old? Or could you finish your life mining above the Arctic Circle, as Nellie did? What would drive a woman from family into the wilds of the Old West frontier?