The poker bride : the first Chinese in the Wild West / Christopher Corbett.
Author: Corbett, Christopher.
Edition: 1st ed.
Publisher: New York : [Berkeley, Calif.] : Atlantic Monthly Press : Grove/Atlantic, Inc. ; Distributed by Publishers Group West, c2010.
ISBN: 9780802119094 (cloth)
Description: xvii, 218 p. : ill. 24 cm.
Subject: Bemis, Polly, 1853-1933.
Chinese American women History.
Chinese California San Francisco.
California Gold discoveries.
Southwest, New History 1848-
Contents: Celestials and sojourners -- Chinatown -- Sold -- Coming into the Territory -- The end of the road... Warrens -- Soiled doves -- Fond of playing cards -- The shooting affray in Warrens -- Saving Polly -- Last days on the river -- The caravan of the dead : ghosts of the Oro Fino.
Summary: During the Gold Rush, a young Chinese concubine arrived by horse in Idaho gold country, where a white gambler soon won her in a poker game. She became Polly Bemis, the winner's legal, beloved wife. Polly emerged into public view only in 1923, a tiny old woman on horseback, her identity and story known only to a few old-timers.