A Miner's Sunday, 1849
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by Charles B. Gillespie.
This story is set in Coloma, the California gold discovery site of 1848. But it might
have happened at any of the gold-rush sites of the West--Virginia City, Cripple Creek, the
Klondike--and it probably did, but only on Sunday. Town was a lively place the one day the
mines were shut down, with a mix of nationalities engaging in gambling, auctions,
horse-racing, shopping for clothes and supplies, eating, drinking, brawling, and general
tom-foolery as you might expect from a bunch of young men from all over the world who were
off to a get-rich adventure.
Illustrations are from early sources, including the original article of 1891, Frederic
Remington, and the Crocker Art Museum. 16 pages.
ISBN-13: 978-0-89646-005-8. Order #:
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