BLACK GOLD IN THE JOAQUIN by F. F. Latta

BLACK GOLD IN THE JOAQUIN

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KIRKUS REVIEW

From what records exist and from personal interviews, this is the story of oil on the Joaquin (San Joaquin today) in California, from the mid- 19th century to 1900. It collects the stories of Indian usage of the oil, of the discoveries and early murderous operations in bringing it out, of the development of shafts, rigs, pits, of the mule trains, of the growth to substantial, but not fabulous, fortunes, of the dangers and hazards of the West Side of the Joaquin, of the towns and areas affected by subsequent discoveries. A sober, careful recitation of personal histories and reminiscences -- this has an industrial as well as a special local appeal.

Pub Date: Aug. 29th, 1949
Publisher: Caxton