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Ghost Towns and Mining Camps of California: A History & Guide (Historical and Old West)
Brings to life the turbulent times in the heyday of each town and guides the visitor to the sights that are relies of those times. Historic photos.
Paperback, 324 pages
Published January 1st 1999 by Crest Publishers
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I sometimes forget why California is called "The Golden State" or why the Cantonese name for California is "Gold Mountain" - it turns out prospectors found a ton (excuse me tons) of gold in the Sierra Madre mountains and deserts of the future state of California. In fact the world's known gold reserves would double as a result of the gold discovered/mined in this state. Remi Nadeau is a charming writer and brings a 1950's nostalgia to the California Gold Rush of 1849. Nadeau brought to life such ...more
"Ghost Towns and Mining Camps of California" is an entertaining history of the Gold Rush towns and mining camps in California based on letters, journals, newspapers, and more. The stories were mainly from 1848 to 1856, though he'd briefly tell the rest of the town's history if it lasted beyond that. The author gave a brief history of the gold rush and then shared amusing tales about what life was like in each of the main camps and towns. The stories included Christmas balls, racial clashes, and ...more