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Author Buck, Franklin Augustus, 1826-1909.

Title A Yankee trader in the gold rush : the letters of Franklin A. Buck / compiled by Katherine A. White.

Imprint Boston ; New York : Houghton Mifflin Co., 1930.


Location Call No. Status
 PAS Central Library Centennial Room    R PAS 92 BUCK,F    Available
Description viii p., 1 l., 294 p. : front., plates ; 22 cm.
Note Letters written from 1846 to 1880.
Introduction by his daughter, Mary Sewall Buck Carr.
Summary A native of Maine, Franklin Agustus Buck (1826-1909) was working in New York City when he heard of the gold strikes and set out for California in January 1849. A Yankee trader in the gold rush (1930) contains Buck's letters to his sister in Maine. They chronicle his first dozen years in the West: a voyage round the Horn to San Francisco; prospecting and storekeeping in various gold camps and the towns of Sacramento, Downieville, North Fork, Marysville, and Weaverville; and a trading voyage to Tahiti and Hawaii. Politics interest Buck, and he pays close attention to the issues in the 1852 election, local secessionist debate, and the impact of the Civil War. In the 1860s, Buck turns to agriculture, raising fruit and cattle at farms in Weaverville, Oakville, and Red Bluffs. Discoveries of silver lead him back to mining at Treasure City, Meadow Valley, and Pioche, Nevada.
Form Also available in digital form on the Library of Congress Web site.
Terms Of Use No known restrictions on publication. No copyright renewal found.
Subject Buck, Franklin Augustus, 1826-1909 -- Correspondence.
Frontier and pioneer life -- California.
Law -- Political aspects -- California.
Agriculture -- California.
California -- Gold discoveries.
Added Author White, Katherine A.

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