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These early Alaskans became famous for their scandalous or honorable deeds (or sometimes a combination of both) and made the headlines of their day. Their reputations have spanned a century.
Jefferson Randolph "Soapy" Smith (2 pages)
The notorious "Soapy" Smith and his outlaw band fleeced the innocent and the foolish as they passed through town en route to the Klondike.

Lee Hing, or "China Joe" (2 pages)
The man remembered as "China Joe" in Southeast Alaska lived during the Gold Rush era in a time and place where the motto was "Every man for himself."

E. T. Barnette (2 pages)
Little was known about Elbridge Truman Barnette's shady past when he landed in Alaska.

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