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A Pennsylvania Mennonite and the California Gold Rush

Lawrence Knorr
A Pennsylvania Mennonite and the California Gold Rush by Lawrence Knorr

David Baer Hackman (1827-1896) a Mennonite from Millport, Lancaster County, PA, traveled west to California in 1850, seeking his fortune during the great Gold Rush. David wrote many letters home concerning his crossing of the plains by wagon and his many detailed experiences in and around the gold fields of California. A vivid writer for such a young man, David captures images of the mining communities, the boom towns of Sacramento, Ringgold, Hangtown (Placerville), Mokelumne Hill, Columbia, Yankee Hill and Sonora and the lawlessness found there, including hangings and barfights. He writes of early San Francisco, the Lick Estate near Alveso, the local Indians, trouble with bears, and the great trees of Calaveras County.

2011, 196 pages, 5.5” x 8.5”, 14 black & white illustrations. Published by Sunbury Press

ISBN 978-1-934597-64-4

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