Gold Rushes and Mining Camps of the Early American West
Place Published: Boise, ID
Publisher: Caxton Printers
Date Published: 1968
Edition: First edition
Book Id: 38120
466pp. Quarto [28.5 cm] Brown and white thickly woven cloth with a gilt stamped title on the spine, and a gilt stamped western vignette on the front cover. Index. Bibliography. Near fine condition. There is a former owner's tiny ink stamp on the front free endsheet. The dust jacket is in very good condition, with light edge wear.
Profusely illustrated with photographs, some of them published here for the first time. The book is divided into four parts: 1) The Gold Rushes 2) Life in the Camps 3) Crime and Justice 4) Special Characters and Situations. From the note to the reader- "Because so many books and articles in this field have played up the bonanzas and fabulous riches, and had so little to say about the fact that most of the miners never found more than enough gold or silver to buy cheap food and clothes and keep them going, we let Peter Sapp (in the camps there was a man named Sap and another named Littlebury Shoot) stand for the tens of thousands who followed the rainbow from camp to camp and at last to the Yukon, but found no pot of gold. Solitary and unloved, they persevered from rush to rush, to die at last, alone, far from their birthplaces and their people."