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AE Capital City Weekly Prospectors, miners and loggers, in early-day, remote Alaska, yearned for meat to break the monotony of a salt-preserved bacon, bean and rice-based diet. For prospectors, both rice and beans were cheap and non-perishable and expanded compared to their weight in a pack. Some water and a cup or two of beans, with pinches of salt and bacon made a filling, protein dinner. It could be made over a campfire or on a cabin stove. No one asked, "What is for dinner?" Unless wild game could be found, dinner was the same, night after night after night.

Southeast History: Give me meat, not beans and bacon

An Inupiaq basket from Nome, beaded with the words Libby, McNeill & Libby.
Photo Courtesy Of The Sheldon Jackson Museum, Sitka
An Inupiaq basket from Nome, beaded with the words Libby, McNeill & Libby.
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