Scales

California suffered its first painful economic readjustment in 1853. An unexpected, marked decrease in immigration slashed the very foundation on which merchants, capitalists, and speculators had based their

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Joaquin Murieta

In the early years of the Gold Rush the mining camps were terrorized by the bloody exploits of a ferocious bandit named Joaquin Murrieta. It was said he had 20 or more accomplices, all horse thieves or fearsome, savage killers

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Henry Haight California’s 10th governor was just 13 when he enrolled in the prestigious Rochester Collegiate Institute, and graduated with high honors from Yale University at age 19. He went to work for his father Fletcher Haight, an attorney in St. Louis,

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stagecoach sketch

The railroad came through Ione in 1876 with a spur into Martell two miles from Jackson in 1904, but the stagecoach remained a primary transportation mode in Amador County even after the new automobile had attracted

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Concord coach There were different styles of staging vehicles in Gold Rush California; a fact now all but forgotten as the image of a full-bodied stagecoach—glorified in paintings, museum exhibits and big-screen westerns—has become this century’s standard

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