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Return to:   Letters from a Gold Miner: Bigger John "B. J." Bower a.k.a. Billy Bowers, 1867-1949 - Among the placer miners who worked the goldfields of Cleary Creek, Iditarod, and Ruby, one strapping young man was known as Billy Bowers.
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Bigger John "B. J." Bower
Bigger John "B. J." Bower, known in frontier Alaska as Billy Bowers, had this portrait made in Kansas City, Missouri. During more than three decades in Alaska, he mined, trapped, and worked as a carpenter. Photo courtesy Sally Irvine.

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