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Dr. Luella Day McConnell , aka Diamond Lil, gained an international reputation as one of the few women "stampeders" during the Klondike gold rush of the 1890’s. However, her outrageous behavior was not limited to this period of history. She spent most of the next thirty years, until her death in 1927, in St. Augustine where she "fabricated stories to amuse and appall St. Augustine residents."
Luella Day had completed a medical degree and was a practicing physician in Chicago, no small feat for a woman in the late 19th century. In 1898 she succumbed to "gold rush fever" and relocated to Dawson, a trading post at the confluence of the Klondike and Yukon rivers which became the capital of the Yukon Territory. Three months after her arrival there with her St. Bernard "Prince Napoleon," she married Ed McConnell. In addition to continuing her medical practice, they operated the Melbourne Hotel.
She was brutally outspoken about graft and corruption in the territorial government and claimed to have survived two arsenic poisoning attempts initiated by officials seeking to silence her. In "The Tragedy of the Klondike" she recounted her experiences. Her personality continued to clash with officials; the government passed laws which precluded her ability to practice medicine. By the turn of the century Dawson had lost its appeal and its population although gold was found in the Klondike region for several more years.
About 1904 Luella Day, after traveling to Alaska and California, arrived in St. Augustine with "cash and a diamond in her front tooth." She bought land adjacent to the Matanzas Inlet north of the Mission de Nombre de Dios and created the "Fountain of Youth" tourist attraction. The surrounding neighborhood developed during the same era. The spectacular alley of live oaks along Magnolia Street continues to provide a grand entrance to the attraction which remains popular to this day.
The Fountain of Youth, 11 Magnolia Street
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