Cheap Literature, Stationery &c., &c., &c.A changing selection of interesting books and paper items Iíve run across, all with a Gold Rush theme. Available for sale at reasonable rates of exchange.
Miners & Business Menís Directory for the Year Commencing January 1st, 1856. Embracing a General Directory of the Citizens of Tuolumne, and portions of Calaveras, Stanislaus and San Joaquin Counties. Together with The Mining Laws of Each District, a Description of the Different Camps, and Other Interesting Statistical Matter.
What a wonderful title!
This is a GREAT book, originally published in 1856 in Columbia, California, by Heckendorn & Wilson at the Clipper Office on Fulton Street, near Main. This is a reprint faithfully done in 1976. It has 104 pages of local Tuolumne County history, including the towns of Columbia, Sonora, Shaws Flat, Springfield, Knights Ferry, La Grange, Big Oak Flat, Murphys and other towns in Tuolumne, Calaveras, and Stanislaus counties. In addition to the histories, it has GREAT advertisements from local merchants in those towns. Information on the Columbia and Stanislaus Water Company, poetry, and a directory of inhabitants of those towns in the year ending 1855, which is fantastic for those researching family history who have descendants from the gold rush towns. The book is in great shape, is soft-covered, and has a hard covered sleeve it slips into. One of the most useful books on the area I've run across, I used it quite extensively in researching the book I wrote on Columbia as it is one of the few reliable early-day accounts available.
$19.95 plus tax (if applicable) and shipping
Historical Notes of the Early Washington, Nevada County, California Mining District
Hereís a wonderful book on the little mining town of Washington, California. Itís a large sized, soft-cover, 160 page book compiled by Robert & Grace Slyter from a number of sources. Many details on the townís founding, the gold discovered, the citizens of Washington, and of course, the river which runs through it, the Yuba. Historical data on the nearby mining districts and camps as well. Most of the data is from local period newspaper accounts, mining bulletins and the like. A great source of information for anyone with an interest in the area. A few maps and illustrations as well. A nicely done book.
$16.99 plus tax (if applicable) and shipping