In the prime of his life McKinney packed up his wife, and
moved up north to Alaska.
“To winter I’m averse, but it can’t be any worse, than
the plains of Northern Montana.
There may be some snowing, and perhaps some blowing, but
‘tis time my dreams are followed.
And there’s work to be done in the midnight sun,
with the Alaska Railroad.”

He was first an auditor, then finally a railroader, the
work to which he aspired.
To avoid the coldness, he took a job in the office, and
got stuck there until he retired.
Now he writes just for fun, and lives in the sun, where
it’s never fifty below.
He misses railroadin’, and Alaskan fishin’, but
he’s finally away from that snow.

Evan McKinney’s professional career was frequently coupled to Alaska and her railroad. His passion for both followed him into retirement and spawned a story about construction of the historic Alaska Railroad. He mixes history with fiction by telling the story through a cast of sometimes zany characters, like Poetic Pete, a Robert W. Service impersonator who tells us:

"​High Iron to Fairbanks takes the story of the building of the Alaska Railroad, a fascinating anomaly of American history, and tells it through the eyes of fictional characters similar to those who were really there. Author Evan McKinney has found a fun way to tour these events while remaining faithful to what really happened in Alaska."

- Charles Wohlforth

Author, From the Shores of Ship Creek,​a centennial history of Anchorage