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

Gary Noy

The Sierra Nevada has long been the domain of dreams, attracting the heroic and the delusional, the best of humanity and the worst. Stories abound, and characters emerge so outlandish and outrageous that they have to be real.

Could the human imagination have invented someone like Eliza Gilbert? Born in Limerick, Ireland, in 1818, she transformed herself into Lola Montez, born in Seville, Spain, in 1823, and brought to the Gold Country the provocative “Spider Dance”—impersonating a young woman repelling a legion of angry spiders under her petticoats. Or Otto Esche, who in 1860 imported fifteen two-humped Bactrian camels from Asia to transport goods to the mines. Or the artist Albert Bierstadt, whose paintings Mark Twain characterized as having “more the atmosphere of Kingdom-Come than of California.” Or multimillionaire George Whittell Jr., who was frequently spotted driving around Lake Tahoe in a luxurious convertible with his pet lion in the front seat.

Other stories include performer Lotta Crabtree, artist Thomas Hill, a death-defying ride on a lumber flume, visionary railroad engineer Theodore Judah, photographer Eadweard Muybridge, pioneering Yosemite rock climbers, and tales of Native Americans, Chinese and Black Americans in the Sierra.

These fascinating stories, and scores more, spill out of the pages of this well-illustrated and lively history, a tribute to the memorable characters of the Sierra by a native son.

256 pages, 5.5" x 8.5", 65 black & white photographs, bibliography.
Published by Heyday, 2014. ISBN: 978-1-59714-265-6. Trade paper

$17.00

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