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By David Vaught

"It is an excellent country," exclaimed Stephen J. box, the longer term U.S. ideal court docket justice, upon arriving in California in 1849. Field's pronouncement was once greater than simply an expression of exuberance. For an electrifying second, he and one other 100,000 hopeful gold miners discovered themselves face-to-face with whatever commensurate to their potential to dream. such a lot didn't hit pay dust in gold. Thereafter, one illustrative workforce of them struggled to make a residing in wheat, farm animals, and fruit alongside Putah Creek within the reduce Sacramento Valley. Like box, they by no means forgot that first "glorious" second in California while whatever appeared attainable. In After the Gold Rush, David Vaught examines the hard-luck miners-turned-farmers -- the Pierces, Greenes, Montgomerys, Careys, and others -- who refused to confess a moment failure, confronted flood and drought, persevered enormous disputes and confusion over land coverage, and struggled to come back to grips with the vagaries of neighborhood, nationwide, and international markets.Their dramatic tale exposes the bottom of the yankee dream and the haunting outcomes of attempting to strike it wealthy. (2007)

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He was no novice, but he did not feel particularly confident, either. He turned to his own father for help. After an exchange of letters, Isaac Davis and his wife, Rachael, decided to leave Ohio to help their son and daughter-in-law in their new home. They were joined shortly thereafter by Jerome’s sister and brother-in-law, Elnora and Joseph Mitchell. Using the lifetime of experience he had gained in the cattle country along the Potomac River in western Maryland and throughout much of the Ohio frontier, Isaac proceeded to launch the Davis stock farm.

Between Sharp and the thickets of Putah Sink lay the one square league that Joseph B. Chiles had purchased in December 1850 and soon thereafter divided between his two sons-in- Seduced 37 law, Gabriel F. Brown (no relation to neighbor Edmund) and Jerome C. Davis. From the outset, they all raised both barley and cattle, but with di¤ering emphases. While Hutchinson and Charles Greene, for example, considered grain their “principal business,” Davis identified himself as a stockman. 18 They did not roam alone.

It was his solitude, however, that he valued the most. He liked to boast that he could go weeks at a time without seeing another human being and that his nearest neighbors were John Marsh, at the foot of Mount Diablo, about forty miles to the south; George Yount, in the Napa Valley, just east of Sonoma; and John Sutter, at the confluence of the American and Sacramento rivers, thirty miles to the east. 11 Much to his dismay, Wolfskill’s neighborhood began to get a bit more crowded. With the loss of Texas in 1836, the troubled Mexican republic became desperate to secure its northern frontier.

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