CALIFORNIA CALLED THEM; A S of Golden Days and Ring Camps by Robert O'Brian

CALIFORNIA CALLED THEM; A S of Golden Days and Ring Camps

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A bonanza for Californians and Americans in general is this engaging history of the rise and fall of the Gold Rush towns which catches the nostalgis of the ghost towns and the lure of prospecting. The author begins his history with the account of James Marshall's discovery of gold at Sutter's Mill in the Coloma of 1848, and then lls the story of all the booming and busting towns that grew up along the Gold Trail, later moving to the other side of the mountains to tell of Truckee and its history of railroads, lumber, and the tragic Donner party, of Shasta and its gold rush, and Yreka -- still a prosperous trading center for the Valley farmers, ranchers and lumber companies. There are also wonderful tales of wide-open mining camps, of Indian legends, and the colorful reminiscences of old timers. The style may be a bit fancy but this is red meat for devotees of this period.

Publisher: McGraw-Hill