A must-have for all who enjoy a spooky tale or macabre poem! Contains DARK, DARKER, & DARKEST (17 very short but very scary stories plus 52 delightfully frightening poems. See some samples on our DARK page on this website.)
Contains 53 macabre illustratons by long-deceased artists! With DARK'S title changed and new stories added, it's perfect reading for dark and strormy nights or under the covers with a flashlight.
JUST RELEASED: The Secret Life of Chief Namakagon Book 3 in the trilogy. Who was he? Why did he come to remote NW Wisconsin? Was he running from his past? Running from a murder? The answers will amaze you!
2013 ABNA 2nd PLACE WINNER OUT OF 10,000 ENTRIES. $17.99 +$3 Shipping & Handling. Tax included. Signed by the author. 247 pages, 62 illustrations, 43 exciting chapters.
Find the LARGE PRINT EDITION in our ONLINE STORE page.
UPDATE: THE SECRET LIFE OF CHIEF NAMAKAGON is now available at Redbery Books, Marketplace Foods, Ben Franklin, the Loon Saloon, and at the Historical Museum. Only 100 copies of this "readers' review edition" are available. On July 20, the "official" edition arrives. Watch for the book launch details at this website and on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/jim.brakken
THE TREASURE OF NAMAKAGON:
An 1883 lost treasure and lumberjack adventure. 26 stories woven into a great lumberjack tale. Set in Bayfield and Sawyer Counties in northern Wisconsin and in Chicago. Fiction based on fact. Text and 63 illustrations by James A. Brakken.
ENDORSED BY MIKE PERRY, LARRY MEILLER, LAMOINE MACLAUGHLIN, ERIC OLSON, ANNE STRATTON, WALDO ASP, JEFF REVERA, Others ...
"Weaving mystery into history,
"The Treasure of Namakagon" vivifies the tumultuous
nature of 19th-century life in the legendary northwoods."
Michael Perry, bestselling Wisconsin author.
"Great story. I liked it!." Larry Meiller, Wisconsin Public Radio host.
... a very talented writer.
Consider me fan!" Jeff Rivera, Media personality, bestselling
"Open with caution. You won't want
to put this one down." LaMoine MacLaughlin, Author, President,
Wisconsin Writers Association.
Brakken’s new book animates the long
history of conflicts over Wisconsin’s water and mineral resources. Eric Olson, UWEX-Lakes Director.
"A twisting, thrilling mix of
mystery, adventure and legendary treasure, still waiting to be found.
.... ...a great fund raising idea for our lake associations.
... Wisconsin history buffs will find this book a treasure in itself. ...an
exciting adventure for all ages. Waldo Asp, Northwest Waters President
and AARP County Chairman
"Like a live history lesson,
Brakken takes his readers on a ride down Northern Wisconsin’s
untamed Namakagon River, back when giant virgin forests lured heroic
lumberjacks to seek their fortune. In scene after scene, the reader
is surrounded by the beauty of pristine woods and lakes, rooting for
the good guys to beat out the greedy ones, even learning step by step
how to place the giant saw so the magnificent tree falls in just the
right place." A. Y. Stratton, author of Buried Heart
A twisting, turning adventure, 43 chapters, 63 illustrations and glossary by James A. Brakken
ABNA CONTENDER, beating out 99.9% of the other books entered.
AUTOGRAPHED Factory blem. Has very slight problem with images. Otherwise identical to regular softcover.
$12.99 U.S. plus $3 shipping/handling SALES TAX INCLUDED [$21 incl S & H Canada].
Namakagon stood to meet
them. He was broad-shouldered and a half-foot taller than anyone in the room. He had black hair and a
full beard. His buckskin clothes were clean and neat. A diamond-shaped silver
medallion was neatly stitched onto his shirt. A dark belt around his waist
supported a sheathed knife and two buckskin pouches.
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Above: "One pouch held tobacco. In the other was a map and an old pocketknife with one broken blade,
a battered silver pocket watch, an old gold medal, and a very old tintype photograph. Scratched into the back of the photo was ‘1868'."
Below: Charlie Martin on a star load of twenty-footers.
This is a thrilling north woods
adventure, based very closely on historical facts from the 1880s logging days near Cable and Hayward, Wisconsin.
Join with 16 year-old Tor Loken as he and his mentor, Chief Namakagon, work to outwit the big timber tycoons and protect the secret of the silver mine. (This mine truly existed and has not been found since the chief's death in 1886.)
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See free excerpts and chapters on 'CLIPS from the book' page now. [see top of page].
This north woods adventure is written and illustrated by Wisconsin conservationist James A. Brakken. See more on the 'About Us' page, above.
This is historical fiction based closely on many facts surrounding the Great Lakes states' timber boom of the 1880s and the legendary lost silver mine near Lake Namakagon in northwestern Wisconsin.
Themes and concepts in this story are rich and varied. See the 'Themes and Concepts' page for more.
Author readings available at your community club, library or school. Contact the author today.
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Questions??? Contact James Brakken: 715 798 3163 or BayfieldCountyLakes@Yahoo.com
The Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis, Omaha and Northwestern train was known by most as the 'Omaha'.
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Imagine . . . you find a box containing items from years past, including a decaying map and a journal written about one year in an 1880s lumber camp. The journal tells the story:
After a daring 1883 rescue, Ingman Loken frees his 16 year old
nephew, Tor, from a child labor scheme in a Chicago coal plant. Ingman brings him to the Loken' s lumber camp in far
northwestern Wisconsin. There, Tor meets Namakagon, an Ojibwe Chief who
knows of a secret silver mine. They soon learn that a sinister lumber baron
intends to stop the Lokens from driving their timber down the river.
Only a confrontation between the lumberjacks from the two lumber camps will decide who rules the river . . . the industrialists or the people.
More information can be found on this website and by e-mailing BayfieldCountyLakes@Yahoo.com
This book will give you a glimpse into Wisconsin’s
single greatest economic event: The harvest of the largest stand of white pine
in the world, a timber cache that was estimated to take 1,000 years to cut but
was gone in just fifty. Tens of thousands of lumberjacks descended on the north
hoping to harvest the ‘green gold’. Many northern Wisconsin
towns sprang up and then boomed into bustling cities, full of life, fast money,
loose women, ne'r-do-wells, businessmen and lumberjacks. Most of those boom towns failed soon after the
pine was cut, shrinking to impoverished settlements and, in some cases, vacant
ghost towns. Wasteful practices, poor management and outright greed prevailed.
The great Wisconsin pinery, as it was called then, will
never return. What remains today are the descendants of the lumberjacks and others
who followed them along with the rich, rich history they contributed.
. the legendary lost silver mine .
What also remains is the quest to find the Namakagon mine. 1880s newspaper accounts prove it existed. It's location is still a mystery and many still search for the Treasure of Namakagon today. Your search for the treasure begins with the map below and the above links to other pages in this website. Good luck!
Below: "There, on the back, was what looked like a map."