Several women joined the mining camps that sprang up from Colorado and Arizona to Alaska in the late 1800s.
Most of these women set up restaurants and laundry businesses, but a few tried their hand at prospecting. Ellen E. Jack ran a
prosperous silver mine in Colorado.
After years of travelling to the newest mining strikes, Nellie Cashman finally got lucky in the late 1890s, with a $100,000 claim in the Yukon Territory, near Alaska.