First edition. 8vo. Cloth, titles stamped in light blue on the spine,xv [blank], 368 pp., preface, prologue, illustrated, maps, appendices, notes, bibliography, index. When gold fever struck in 1849, John S. Darcy, prominent physician, general, and president of the New Jersey Railroad, assembled a company to travel overland to California. The authors tell the story of that colorful company of some thirty stalwarts and adventurers. They traveled by rail, stage, and riverboat to the Missouri frontier town of Independence, the groups's jumping off point for the Oregon-California trail. There the company split and their divergent paths westward provide us with their perspectives in dealing with the perils of the wilderness and the treachery of human nature. Once in gold country, many immediately booked passage home, but some stayed with Darcy to work a successful mining operation before returning east with comfortable fortunes A delightful and interesting read. As new, unread copy in dust jacket.
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