1874 Antique California Travel Guide San Francisco Bay Gold Rush Camping Napa For Sale
SKETCHES OF LIFE IN THE GOLDEN STATE
GOOD CONDITION: A tightly bound volume, solid hinges, slight cocking to binding, clean pages, cover wear as shown, complete with all pages and illustrations; overall a good solid condition example of this antique California travel guide.
Here is an antique travel book through California by Colonel Albert S. Evans. Albert S. Evans (1831-1872) was a New Hampshire-born California journalist, serving as correspondent for the New York Tribune and Chicago Tribune. A la California is a volume of reminiscences and anecdotal history published after Evans's death at sea. He begins by taking his reader on a tour from the Sierra Morena through the San Andreas Valley, south to Pescadero and Santa Cruz, up the Napa Valley and Mount St. Helena. He offers several chapters on San Francisco, with special attention to the legends of the Barbary Coast and Chinatown and tales of miners in the Gold Rush.
Albert D. Richardson, who keenly appreciated Western character called attention to the fact that the first chapter in the history of California, following the American occupation of the country, and the discovery of gold, was drawing rapidly to a close; and, under the influence of railroads and the telegraph, and the influx of a different class of immigrants from the older Atlantic States, society would soon lose its distinctive character.
Col. Albert S. Evans, was engaged upon this book for some time until he perished in the unfortunate disaster by which the steamship " Missouri" was burned at sea in October, 1872, while on her passage from New York towards Havana. Friend W.H.L. Barnes helped finish the book following Evan’s death as he collected and prepared for publication anecdotes illustrative of the reckless, adventurous, stirring life of the generation now passing away in California.
From The Sierra Morena, and the Redwood Forest of San Mateo and Santa Cruz, Pescadero, Santa Cruz, San Mateo, Vallejo, Napa Valley, Climbing Mount St. Helena, San Francisco Bay, The City of San Francisco, Barbary Coast, Fishing, Shooting Sea Lions, California Beaches, the Gold Rush, The Chinese, and General everyday life, A la California will commend itself by the freshness and vitality of its style, and the charming though rather strongly localized character of its descriptions and incidents. Throughout are numerous illustrations as shown below
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