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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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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At the opening of 1847 the little hamlet known as Yerba Buena sat perched on a sheltered cove of San Francisco Bay which sailors for a hundred years had agreed was the greatest harbor on earth, capable of comfortably

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California Poppy smallerPerhaps the most delightful first-person account of California’s gold mines, The Shirley Letters is a collection of 23 letters written by Louisa Amelia Knapp Smith Clappe from her mining-camp home in Rich Bar to her sister in Massachusetts.

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