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Grit and gold : the Death Valley Jayhawkers of 1849

Author: Jean Johnson
Publisher: Reno, Nevada, USA : University of Nevada Press, [2018]
Series: Wilbur S. Shepperson series in Nevada history.
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"The Death Valley Jayhawkers were a group of young gold seekers who blundered into Death Valley at Christmas 1849. They were an uncongealed group when they left western Illinois, although many had been friends at school in Galesburg, but while traveling along the Platte River Road toward the gold fields of California they held initiation rights that melded them into a jolly, but mutually supportive group of young  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Electronic version:
Johnson, Jean, 1937-
Grit and gold.
Reno : University of Nevada Press, [2018]
(DLC) 2018013152
(OCoLC)1029069497
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jean Johnson
ISBN: 9781943859771 1943859779
OCLC Number: 1029063531
Description: xi, 272 pages ; 26 cm.
Series Title: Wilbur S. Shepperson series in Nevada history.
Other Titles: Death Valley Jayhawkers of 1849
Responsibility: Jean Johnson.

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No other western story is more famous than the Donner Party's ill-fated journey through the Sierra Nevada. But three years later and several hundred miles south, another group faced a similar  Read more...

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