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Bidwell, John 1819-1900

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Works: 235 works in 402 publications in 2 languages and 4,199 library holdings
Genres: History  Diaries  Sources  Records and correspondence  Maps  Biography  Manuscript maps  Personal narratives  Portraits 
Roles: Author, Correspondent, Composer, Signer
Classifications: F864, 917.94
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Echoes of the past about California by John Bidwell( Book )

21 editions published between 1920 and 1998 in English and held by 542 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

John Bidwell (1819-1900) was born in Chautaugua County, New York, and was living in Ohio when he decided to seek his fortune in California in 1841. He journeyed west as part of the first emigrant train going overland from Missouri to California, where he found work at Fort Sutter. He sided with governor Micheltorena in the 1844 revolt but aided the Bear Flag rebels in 1846. After serving with Frémont, he returned to Fort Sutter. Among the first to find gold on Feather River, Bidwell used his earnings to secure a grant north of Sacramento in 1849, and he spent the rest of his life as a farmer at "Rancho Chico," becoming a leader of the State's agricultural interests. A Democrat and Unionist during the Civil War, Bidwell served in the U.S. House, 1864-66, and was the Prohibition Party's candidate for governor (1890) and President (1892). Throughout his life in California, he was a friend to Native American tribes. John Steele (1832-1915) traveled overland from Wisconsin to California in 1850 and remained for three years. Returning east, he taught school, served in the Union Army, and became an Episcopal minister after the Civil War. Echoes of the past about California and ... In camp and cabin (1928) reprints works by Bidwell and Steele published earlier. Bidwell's narrative was composed in 1889 and first published in 1890 in the Century Magazine. The version published here as "Echoes of the past," however, was based on a somewhat different version published in pamphlet form by the Chico, California Advertiser after Bidwell's death in 1900. This version does not include Bidwell's "Journey to California," the journal that he kept in 1841 and which was published in Missouri in 1843 or 1844 (and appears as part of his Addresses, reminiscences ..., 1906). The memoir focuses on Bidwell's overland journey to California, with some attention to his early years in the West: acquaintance with Johann Sutter, and early gold discoveries. Steele's In camp and cabin, first published in 1901, recounts Steele's experiences mining in camps near Nevada City and the American River, with tales of trips to Feather River, Los Angeles, and an expedition to San Andres and camps on the Mokelumne, Calaveras, and Stanislaus Rivers. He provides numerous anecdotes of the people of the camps and their varied national and ethnic backgrounds with many tales of crime and lawlessness. He also discusses contrasting mining methods and gives special attention to Hispanic and Native American Californians whom he met
New Helvetia diary : a record of events kept by John A. Sutter and his clerks at New Helvetia, California, from September 9, 1845, to May 25, 1848 by John Augustus Sutter( Book )

5 editions published between 1939 and 1996 in English and held by 228 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Echoes of the past by John Bidwell( Book )

6 editions published between 1962 and 1974 in English and held by 201 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

First three wagon trains: to California, 184l, to Oregon, 1842, to Washington, 1853 by John Bidwell( Book )

7 editions published between 1956 and 1993 in English and held by 193 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Life in California before the gold discovery by John Bidwell( Book )

5 editions published between 1890 and 1967 in English and held by 173 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In California before the gold rush by John Bidwell( Book )

4 editions published between 1948 and 1966 in English and held by 162 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A journey to California : with observations about the country, climate, and the route to this country : a day-to-day record of the journey from May 18, 1841, to November 6, 1841 by John Bidwell( Book )

10 editions published between 1842 and 1939 in English and held by 156 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The first emigrant train to California by John Bidwell( Book )

4 editions published between 1890 and 1966 in English and held by 60 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dear General : the private letters of Annie E. Kennedy and John Bidwell, 1866-1868 by Annie E. Kennedy Bidwell( Book )

2 editions published between 1993 and 1994 in English and held by 49 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

[Journal of a trip to California in 1841] by John Bidwell( Book )

7 editions published in 1844 in English and held by 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Addresses, reminiscences, etc. of General John Bidwell by John Bidwell( Book )

7 editions published in 1907 in English and held by 30 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

John Bidwell (1819-1900) was born in Chautaugua County, New York, and lived in Ohio when he decided to seek his fortune in California in 1841 and journeyed west as part of the first emigrant train going overland from Missouri to California. There he found work at Fort Sutter. He sided with governor Micheltorena in the 1844 revolt but aided the Bear Flag rebels in 1846. After serving with Frmont, he returned to Fort Sutter. Among the first to find gold on Feather River, Bidwell used his earnings to secure a grant north of Sacramento in 1849, and he spent the rest of his life as a farmer at "Rancho Chico," becoming a leader of the state's agricultural interests. A Democrat and Unionist during the Civil War, Bidwell served in the U.S. House, 1864-66, and was the Prohibition Party's candidate for governor (1890) and President (1892). Throughout his life in California, he was a friend to Native American tribes. Addresses, reminiscences ... (1906) includes a biographical sketch of Bidwell as well as Bidwell's own reminiscences and political speeches. The Bidwell first-person narrative interspersed through this volume is based on the text that first appeared serially in the Century Magazine in 1890. The first section of the memoir, journal entries for May 8-November 6, 1891, together with a summary of Bidwell's activities in the following months and a meteorological register for November 1841-April 1842, was published by a friend in Missouri some time in 1843 or 1844. ("A Journey to California" pp. [66-98]). Subsequent portions of the memoir were composed by Bidwell much later, probably in the late 1880s. Bidwell's memoirs focus on his overland journey to California and life in his new home state before the discovery of gold. He offers details of Johann Sutter and his colony, the Frm̌ont expedition, Native Americans, California politics under Mexico, and early discoveries of gold. The Bidwell speeches published here include several papers delivered before local agricultural societies and political addresses delivered by Bidwell as a candidate
Map of the Valley of the Sacramento, including the gold region by Thomas Oliver Larkin( )

2 editions published in 1848 in English and held by 24 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mapa del Valle del Sacramento : [Calif. by John Bidwell( )

12 editions published between 1844 and 1971 in Spanish and English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Frémont in the conquest of California by John Bidwell( Book )

4 editions published between 1891 and 1983 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pioneers of the Sacramento : a group of letters by & about Johann Augustus Sutter, James W. Marshall & John Bidwell by Book Club of California( Book )

2 editions published in 1953 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A journey to California, 1841 : the first emigrant party to California by wagon train : the journal of John Bidwell by John Bidwell( Book )

4 editions published between 1844 and 1964 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

[Diseño del Rancho Rio de los Molinos : Calif. by John Bidwell( )

in Spanish and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

[Diseño del Rancho Arroyo Chico : Calif. by John Bidwell( )

in Spanish and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Life in California before the gold discovery by John Bidwell( )

2 editions published between 1890 and 1964 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

[Diseño del Rancho de Los Coluses : Butte County, Calif.] by John Bidwell( )

in Spanish and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Echoes of the past about California
Alternative Names
John Bidwell American politician

John Bidwell Amerikaans politicus (1819-1900)

John Bidwell amerikai politikus

John Bidwell amerikansk politiker

John Bidwell personnalité politique américaine

John Bidwell polític estatunidenc

John Bidwell político estadounidense

John Bidwell politico statunitense

John Bidwell US-amerikaanschen Politiker

John Bidwell US-amerikanesche Politiker

John Bidwell US-amerikanischer Siedler und Anführer auf dem California Trail, Gründer der Stadt Chico in Kalifornien

John Bidwell yhdysvaltalainen poliitikko

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Languages
English (157)

Spanish (19)

Covers
John Bidwell and California : the life and writings of a pioneer, 1841-1900Annie Kennedy Bidwell : an intimate historyJohn Bidwell : the adventurous life of a California pioneer