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christineb wrote at 2006-07-19 02:21:36
I am currently reading James Michener's book "Alaska."  In the chapter about Nome, there is a character named Matthew Murphy who rides his bicycle from Dawson to Nome.  The character is fictional but Michener does say that an actual bicycle ride took place during this time.

Lnelsells wrote at 2007-09-29 02:03:22
Yes this is true. Max Hirschberg was my great uncle. He did ride a bicycle down the Yukon River as stated in the article. I have the original newspaper article of the event.

Oliver wrote at 2010-06-09 02:54:21
Matt Murphy was a fictional character in James Michener's Alaska.  His ride was based on an actual ride.

Vicky wrote at 2010-09-16 16:29:01
The Matthew Murphy story is fiction from James A Michener's novel Alaska. However, the story is based on the true story of Max Hirschberg (maybe others) who did a similar ride at that time.

Sigmund wrote at 2013-03-08 14:34:53
The Matthew Murray story is recorded in Michener's novel,Alaska, pp. 804.

Pappy wrote at 2014-03-19 19:31:54
James Michener's character, Matthew Murphy, was probably based on this story.  

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