Welcome to Wonderhussy Adventure #271
I've had two people email me about Josie Pearl -- so I finally got around to driving waaaaay up into the mountains of northern Nevada to check out the abandoned homestead of this pioneering female prospector!
Josie was born in 1873, and spent her entire life prospecting, mining, or cooking for miners in various boardinghouses around the West. After her husband died of influenza, she lived alone in this remote, desolate cabin for 30 years -- well into her 80s! By all accounts, she was a wonderful person -- though she never had children of her own, she spent her summers hosting troubled young boys at her homestead, helping straighten them out and turn their lives around.
Josie Pearl died in 1962, but she is not forgotten. Her homestead still stands...although it is sadly in a pretty bad state of disrepair. If I had the money, I'd hire a crew to go up there and fix it up, and turn it into one of the best volunteer cabins in the West! But in the meantime...the only tribute I can pay is this video.
R.I.P. Ms.Josie Pearl...you were one awesome lady! Thank you to J.E. and Morgamo for the suggestion, and to Morgamo for helping with the gas money to get there.
For more information about Josie Pearl:
Nevada mining camp by Timothy H. O'Sullivan - U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=17427781
Mojave Desert mining camp by Unknown - http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/ref/collection/p15799coll65/id/14250, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=30868749
Boarding house interior by T.A. Rickard photographer probably Rickard - Through the Yukon and Alaska  Mining and Scientific Press, San Francisco, 1909 p201., Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=12211286
Jingle Bells by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
Country Cue 1 by Audionautix is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
Easy Lemon 60 Second by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
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