KOEPPEL, EH: Mariposa, California On the Gold Dust Trail

Mariposa, California On the Gold Dust Trail, book coverKoeppel, Elliot H. Mariposa, California On the Gold Dust Trail. The Malakoff Press, 2005. Unmarked. Very Good. Paperback (Saddle Stitched). (#26769) $20.00

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Illustrated throughout. 56p. Advertisements.

A traveler’s directory and historical narrative for visitors, prospectors, and settlers on the Gold Dust trail.

Mariposa was founded as a mining camp. The county lies at the southern end of the Mother Lode, and Europeans were attracted to Mariposa by gold. During the 19th century California Gold Rush, its streams were panned and deep mines worked the underground veins.

At one time John C. Fremont lived here and owned claims to much of the mineral wealth of Mariposa. He later was the first United States Senator from the state, and the first Republican candidate for President.

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MCDONALD, D: Bodie: Boom Town, Gold Town: The Last of California’s Old-time Mining Camps

McDonald, Douglas. Bodie: Boom Town, Gold Town: The Last of California’s Old-time Mining Camps. Nevada Publications, 1988. ISBN: 0913814881. Unmarked. 48p. Very Good. Paperback (Saddle Stitched). (#25054) $12.00

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Abundantly illustrated. Maps. References. Though Bodie was discovered in 1859, no significant mining started until rich strikes in 1877 brought about a furious mining rush two years later. Photos show mines and miners, street scenes, buildings, the mill, and the crowds which made up Bodie.