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A Trip To California In 1853. Recollections Of A Gold Seeking Trip By Ox Train Across The Plains And Mountains By An Old Illinois Pioneer. by Washington. Bailey

A Trip To California In 1853. Recollections Of A Gold Seeking Trip By Ox Train Across The Plains And Mountains By An Old Illinois Pioneer.

by Washington. Bailey

Publication: NP: LeRoy Journal Printing Company, 1915,

First edition. 8vo. Original brown printed wrappers, title printed in black on front wrapper, [4], 50 pp., errata slip following page 46, frontispiece [portrait of Washington Bailey]. Kurutz 29 says "Washington Bailey, a native of Adams County, Ohio, traveled to California in 1853 from Indiana with a party headed by his uncle, Joshua Bailey. Earlier, in 1849, his uncle had gone to California and come back with a carpet bag loaded with gold coins. With this money, the family purchased 1,500 sheep and 250 cattle to drive to California. The Baileys traveled over the California Trail and crossed the Sierra by the "Johnson Cutoff." Washington Bailey prospected and mined at Fair Play, Four Springs Valley, Morrison's Diggings, and Poker Flat, Nelson Creek, and Poor Man's Diggings in Sierra and Plumas counties. He returned home to Cheyney's Grove, Illinois, in 1856." Former owner's small book plate and inked name on first sheet, minor wear to spine ends, pages 49 & 50 of the appendix are in facsimile, else near fine copy housed in a cloth 4-point clamshell case with titles in black on the front cover and spine.

Inventory Number: 46912

$3,000.00