Sunday, January 28, 2018

Genealogy Journeys Podcast 45: California Gold Rush, Resources and photos

In their 45th podcast, Gena and Jean discuss the impact of the California Gold Rush on the state of California and the rest of the country. The first half includes reflections of personal visits to the region and the second half (Premium subscription required) details more of the people and events surrounding the region and its settlement.

Both podcasts can be accessed from (photos of Mother Lode Country cemeteries are on the podcasts - both versions).

Photos here are of the Stanislaus River and Mariposa (where there is a marvelous museum). Mariposa is at the southern part of the Gold Rush Country, on the edge of the Stanislaus National Forest and just outside of Yosemite.

Wagon at the Mariposa Museum, Mariposa, CA
copyright 2006 by Judy Wagner, used with permission

Information gathered for this program was derived from both online sources and "hard copy" documents and texts. These are listed below:


Baumgart, Don. It Was "Difficult Come" and "Easy Go" in the Gold Fields.   , 2001.
Columbia Chamber of Commerce. Columbia State Historic Park.,
Koeppel, Elliot H. The California Gold Country: Highway 49 Revisited.
  , 2000.
National Park Service. “California Gold Rush, The.” National Historic Trail.
Rocky Mountain Nature Assoc. Fort Laramie and the Forty-Niners,1949. Reprinted 10 March 2003, on
            National Park Service,
Wikipedia Foundation, Inc. “Gold Country,” Wikipedia.,
            9 October 2012.

Stamp mill at the Mariposa Museum, Mariposa, California
copyright 2006 by Judy Wagner, used with permission


Automobile Club of Southern Calif. The Mother Lode. Los Angeles: Auto Club of So. Calif., 1992.
Botkin, B.A. (Ed.). A Treasury of American Folklore. New York: Crown Pub., 1944
Bradley, Nancy, & Robert Reppert. The Incredible World of Gold Rush Ghosts (the Big Picture).
            Kearney, NE: Morris Pub., 2005
Calaveras County Historical Society. An Album of the Pioneer Schools of Calaveras County. Fresno,
            CA: Linrose Publishing Co., 1986
Clappe, Shirley. The Shirley Letters from the California Mines, 1851-1852. New York: Ballantine
            Books, 1949.
Florin, Lambert. Ghost Towns of the West. New York: Promontory Press, 1973.
Gudde, Erwin G. California Place Names: The Origin and Etymology of Current Geographical Names,
            4th ed. Berkeley, CA: Univ. of California Press,1949, 1998.
Hafen, LeRoy, & Ann W. Hafen. Journals of Forty-niners: Salt Lake to Los Angeles. Lincoln, NE: Univ.
            of Nebraska Press, 1954, 1998.
Lavender, David. The History of the Great West. New York: American Heritage Pub. Co., Inc., 1965.
Lawliss, Chuck. Ghost Towns, Gamblers, and Gold. New York: Gallery Books, 1985.
Lomax, Alan. The Folk Songs of North America. Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Co., Inc., 1960.
Margo, Elizabeth. Women of the Gold Rush. New York: Indian Head Books, 1955, 1992.
Mattes, Merrill J. (Ed.) . Platte River Road Narratives. Urbana, IL: Univ. of Illinois Press, 1988.
Pryor, Alton. Classic Tales in California History. Roseville, CA: Stagecoach Pub., 1999.
Pryor, Alton. Little Known Tales in California History. Roseville, CA: Stagecoach Pub., 1997.
Royce, Sarah. A Frontier Lady: Recollections of the Gold Rush and Early California. Lincoln, NE:
            Univ. of Nebraska Press,1932, 1977,.
Steber, Rick. “Miners.” Tales of the Wild West, Vol. 9. Prineville, OR: Bonanza Pub., 1990.

Stanislaus River, copyright 2006 by Judy Wagner
used with permission

Song on the Premium podcast is "Lonesome, Roving Wolves" (traditional) performed by Jean Wilcox Hibben (playing guitar, dobro, and mandolin) and accompanied by Butch Hibben on saw. All rights reserved.

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