Mud, Blood, and Gold: San Francisco in 1849
San Francisco in 1849 was a time and place like no other in American history. As word of the discovery of gold in California spread, people from all over the world descended on San Francisco--ground zero for the avalanche of humanity and goods pouring into the fabled El Dorado. There have been many books on the Gold Rush, but Mud, Blood, and Gold is the first to focus sole...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published October 7th 2008 by Heritage House Publishers
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Six pages of notes from this wonderful, non-fiction book about a town that became The City in 1849. Puts a lot in historical perspective, including the answer to the question: has SF ever left its expensive lifestyle, real estate-crazed, imbibing, gambling (and some would say wicked) ways of its competitive populace? The book's thesis is "no" and I would have to agree. I had no idea how expensive everything was back then! It was gold fever insanity! Also, there is the unsolved mystery of how lot...more
Partly fascinating & partly tedious, Richard's survey of San Francisco in 1849 covers all aspects of life there. Each chapter focuses on a different part of life: commerce, crime, vice, etc... If the chapter you're reading is about a topic that interests you then the book is fascinating. If not it can be tedious. However, his style is easy to read so even the tedious bits move along rather quickly. This is also excellent source material if you were planning on writing a novel that takes in G...more
This book gives a beautifully vivid look into what San Francisco was like in the late 1840's. What a year 1849 was! The population grew from 2,000 people to 20,000 people. Much of the information was obtained through the author finding old leather diaries and deed records found in basements of libraries and historical societies. Incredible details of what it was like back then...muddy, bloody, corrupt, and fascinating.
My husband and I read this book together. We live north of San Francisco and enjoyed learning about the people for which the streets of San Francisco and regions of northern California acquired their names. We felt that the author, Rand Richards, spent a lot of time researching the area and the people that settled the new city of San Francisco.