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Rush for riches : gold fever and the making of California

Author: J S Holliday
Publisher: [Oakland, Calif.] : Oakland Museum of California ; Berkeley : University of California Press, ©1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
Traces the history of the California Gold Rush from 1849 through 1884 when a court decision forced the shut down of the hydraulic mining operations, bringing decades of careless freedom to an end.

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Genre/Form: History
Ouvrages illustrés
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: J S Holliday
ISBN: 0520214013 9780520214019 0520214021 9780520214026
OCLC Number: 40543776
Awards: Winner of Spur Awards (Western Nonfic Histl) 2000
Description: xi, 355 pages : illustrations (some color), color maps ; 30 cm
Contents: Ch. 1. Before the World Rushed In --
Map. Alta California, 1782 --
Map. Alta California, 1846 --
Map. North America, 1846 --
Ch. 2. Free for All --
Map. Coloma, 1848 --
Map. Mining Region, 1848 --
Ch. 3. Worldwide Contagion --
Map. The Isthmus Route --
Map. Major Overland Routes, 1849-1850s --
Ch. 4. Careless Freedoms --
Map. The Gold Region, 1849 --
Ch. 5. Get-Ahead Years --
Map. California Counties, 1855 --
Map. Ancient Rivers --
Map. The Gold Region, 1850s --
Ch. 6. Astounding Enterprises --
Map. Rail and Wagon Routes Across the Sierra Nevada --
Map. Primary Hydraulic Mining Region --
Ch. 7. Victims of Success --
Map. North Bloomfield Gravel & Mining Company's Main Operation at the Malakoff Mine --
App. Money Conversion.
Responsibility: J.S. Holliday.
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Presents an account of the birth of modern California. This book frames the gold rush years within the larger story of the state's transformation from the quietude of a Mexican hinterland in the  Read more...


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