California Gold Rush Books from Bored Feet Press

Gold Fever, Part Three
The Path to Civil War

Ken Salter

The latest installment of Salter's rich historical saga, set among the crime, gambling, prostitution, and political tensions of 1850s California


Two Peoples, One Place
Humboldt History, Volume One

Ray Raphael & Freeman House

In this fascinating account by two acclaimed and accomplished authors, the reader views what happened when Euro-Americans and Native Americans competed for a place they both relished. This book details Humboldt's native peoples and their contact with the newcomers.


Sierra Stories
Tales of Dreamers, Schemers, Bigots, and Rogues

Gary Noy

Stories of the Sierra Nevada abound, and characters emerge so outlandish and outrageous that they have to be real. These fascinating stories spill out of the pages of this well-illustrated and lively history, a tribute to the memorable characters of the Sierra.


Snowbound
Legendary Winters of the Tahoe Sierra

Mark McLaughlin

Covers exceptional snow events that have challenged the men and women who maintain the year-round railroad and highway systems that cross the central Sierra, as well as residents, visitors and businesses that reside in these mountains.


Trails and Tales of Yosemite and the Central Sierra
A Guide for Hikers and History Buffs

Sharon Giacomazzi

Sharon Giacomazzi loves to tell history tales and she loves to hike. She combines these passions in an enthralling guide to the glorious Central Sierra, presenting more than 60 fun excursions. Updated for 2013.


Gold Fever, Part Two
San Francisco 1851-1852

Ken Salter

The continuing adventures of Pierre and Manon Dubois, a French couple who travelled to San Francisco and Northern California in 1851, arriving when The City was at its most chaotic and treacherous state of development.


Gold Rush Stories
49 Tales of Seekers, Scoundrels, Loss, and Luck

Gary Noy

Noy explores the deeply human stories of the California Gold Rush generation, drawing out all the brutality, tragedy, humor, and prosperity as lived by those who experienced it.


Gold Fever
San Francisco 1851

Ken Salter

Pierre Dubois goes to northern California, investigating the plight of French workers who have been sent to California. This compelling story is filled with rich historical details, bringing to life all the legendary excitement and chaos of the California Gold Rush.


On the Road with Mark Twain in California and Nevada
New Revised Edition

George J. Williams III

This book details what is known of Twain’s years in the West, providing details of his stay in each of more than two dozen towns he lived in and visited. This book also tells visitors what they will find in these towns today.


The Donner Party
Weathering the Storm

Mark McLaughlin

This unique look at the 1846-47 winter of entrapment the Donner Party suffered in the snowbound Sierra Nevada focuses on the extremely harsh conditions of that long and legendary winter.


Mark Twain and the Jumping Frog of Calaveras County
Revised Edition

George J. Williams III

How Mark Twain's humorous frog story launched his legendary career. On a prospecting trip to Angel's Camp, Twain first heard the tales of the Jumping Frog of Calaveras County. Twain's version of the tale became an international success and launched his legendary career.


Mark Twain: His Life in Virginia City, Nevada
2nd Revised Edition

George J. Williams III

This well researched account of Clemens' twenty-one months as reporter for the Territorial Enterprise in Virginia City, Nevada was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize when it was first published in 1985.


Rosa May
The Search for a Mining Camp Legend

George Williams III

Rosa May worked as a prostitute and madam in the 1870s, 1880s and 1890s in towns of Virginia City, Carson City and Bodie. Rosa May died in Bodie while nursing sick miners. Despite her efforts to save lives, she was banished to Bodie's outcast cemetery.


California Missions Quick Access Map

Global Graphics

Map of California Mission Country with detail maps and color photos of the remaining 24 original missions, more.


A Fair Distance
Lois Boblett's Western Memoir, 1851-1922

L. Darlene Spargo

A Fair Distance is the richly detailed memoir of Lois Boblett (1844-1925). L. Darlene Spargo weaves meticulously researched historical details through Boblett's memoir. Boblett's words provide new insight into the roles women played in the Western Migration.


The Murders at Convict Lake

George Williams III
Illustrations by Dave Comstock

In 1871 a terrible shootout occurred at this Eastern Sierra lake between escaped convicts and a posse, leaving several men dead and wounded. Williams tells the gruesome story of the escape, man hunt and murders based on news accounts of the day.


The Balloon Boy of San Francisco

Dorothy Kupcha Leland

Based on a true story and extensive research by the author, this book paints a colorful, evocative and accurate picture of daily life in San Francisco five years after the discovery of gold.


Sallie Fox
The Story of a Pioneer Girl

Dorothy Kupcha Leland, Illustrations by Diane Wilde

In 1858, twelve-year-old Sallie Fox and her family leave Iowa in a wagon train, dreaming of California. This true story offers a child’s-eye view of life on the Santa Fe Trail and Arizona’s Beale Wagon Road.


My Checkered Life
Luzena Stanley Wilson in Early California

Fern Henry

This historic memoir is Luzena Stanley Wilson's classic account of her family's 1849 overland journey to California and their experiences there during and after the Gold Rush.


California: Its Gold and Its Inhabitants

Sir Henry Huntley

British nobelman Huntley spent most of his life in the New World. This is a reprint of his memoirs of travels and adventures in northern California during the Gold Rush, first published in the 19th century.


Patty Reed’s Doll:
The Story of the Donner Party

Rachel Laurgaard, Illustrations by Elizabeth Sykes Michaels

Skillfully pieced together from letters, journals, and memoirs of Donner Party survivors, the story of Patty Reed and her little wooden doll gives a good picture of the true life experiences of real pioneer children.


The Remarkable Carlo Gentile
Pioneer Italian Photographer

Cesare Marino

This book tells the intriguing story of Buffalo Bill's first Wild West Show photographer. The Italian photographer Carlo Gentile left his native land at age 21 and traveled around the world, landing in San Francisco in the 1850s.


Woodleaf Legacy
Story of a California Gold Rush Town

Rosemary Mossinger

This lively history, describes life in a small northern Sierra town. It begins with the native Maidu village, then documents the fur traders, the early mines, through years of resorts, stagecoaches and stage robbers, and lumbering.




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