The Gold Rush Letters of E. Allen Grosh and Hosea B. Grosh
Publication Year: 2012
Published by: University of Nevada Press
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Letter reporting Hosea Ballou Grosh’s death, September 7, 1857...
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This volume presents an important collection of letters from the era of the California Gold Rush. It is an essential contribution for anyone interested in how this period changed the nation, and the Nevada Historical Society is honored to, ...
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The California Gold Rush of 1849 was one of the great events of human history. Much has been written about the tens of thousands who arrived, and letters and diaries left by the Argonauts, as they called themselves, have ...
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“Ho! for the Mountains!” With those exuberant words, the Grosh brothers expressed their innocent dream of a great quest that would take them far from home. Theirs was a nineteenth-century incarnation of a tale as old as humanity: the pursuit of gold ...
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Yesterday morning a great crowd of our citizens assembled at the Reading Depot to witness the departure for the land of promise, of as noble looking band of young men as can be found anywhere. They were all in good spirits, and left with ...
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Captain Taylor has left here for the Sandwich Islands1 so that the only portion of our company that at all deserved the character of a company working together in California is now broken up [and] separated. Farrelly, Axe, Hahs, Witman, and myself are here in the house. Zerbe is also with us. Green has gone into ...
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I came down from the mines yesterday morning, for the purpose of taking our little property into the mountains, where we will establish our home until our “piles” are made. This is the first time either of us have been down, and you may judge ...
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For correspondence dated January 5, 1851, Allen Grosh used stationery with a litho-graph of San Francisco. Many ’49ers sent this sort of letter sheet home to give family and friends a chance to imagine the marvels to be seen in the booming West. The artist, J. H. Pierce, created a variety of letter-sheet images of San Francisco. Courtesy Nevada The Grosh brothers sent their first letter on February 27, 1849, from Philadelphia. The ...
4. 1852 and 1853
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We [have] been as far south as Dry Creek 25 miles from our old camp but our old partner, Steele, leaving us there and buying into quartz vein, we returned, after staying awhile on the Cosumnes River. Steele turned horse thief about ...
5. 1854 and 1855
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We are once more in California, after passing through trials and hardships, which five years ago would have sent us to our graves, and I am happy to say our healths are entirely reestablished.
We find things here but little altered, and we have every prospect of a profitable winter’s work before us; in which case Hosea will be ...
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I have just come over from the Middle Fork Cosumnes where we are now located for a time. The winter proving a dry one, we determined to go there so as to be making something all the time as the prospect of washing much ...
7. 1857 and 1858
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The place in which we live is so shut out from the rest of the world, and there is so much sameness and monotony in our lives, that we do not keep so close a watch on time as we should do. The last two mails for the Atlantic closed before we were aware of them. This must account for...
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The first letters of the Grosh brothers reflect their preoccupation with the fate of the Reading California Association. Named for their hometown in Pennsylvania, this corporate undertaking unified a group of adventurers as they embarked on an ...
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As described in the preface, a persistent claim that Allen and Hosea Grosh were daguerreotype artists has caused their names to appear in numerous authoritative lists of early photographers. We offer the ...
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By virtue of prospecting in the western Great Basin, the story of the Grosh brothers became entangled with one of the greatest episodes in the history of mining, namely the discovery and extraction of the Comstock Lode. As...
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Many of the people mentioned in the Grosh letters appear in the various decennial United States Census manuscript records. In the following notes, simple references acknowledge the Census 1. Readers who are vague about the period may misunderstand references to pros-pecting in Utah: the western Great Basin was part of Utah Territory until the 1861 orga-2. Alexander Harris, Biographical History of Lancaster County (Lancaster, PA: Elias ...
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Page Count: 312
Illustrations: 6 photos, 1 map
Publication Year: 2012
Series Title: Wilbur S. Shepperson Series in Nevada History