The Diary of A Forty-Niner
When you know where to find gold either on-line or in the real-world, the sky is the limit! Being a fan of history and finding several of
my prime prospecting spots through old newspapers, I continually dig through the dark, musty archives available on-line and occasionally I’m rewarded with a nugget or two.
Continuing my digging after an earlier find, “Letter From an 1850 Miner,” following the paystreak, I found another book/diary of an “forty-niner.” The insights and information can be useful for you during today’s new gold rush.
While there is a claim that this book may be fiction, reading it I’m not sure I can tell one way or the other. Take a little time and you be the judge and let me know what you think in the comments below.
No matter whether I am tied to my desk “e gold prospecting,” hoofing around in the field, or visiting with other folks, I always ask myself:
Is the information, techniques, or thoughts going to help me
know how and where to find gold?
This book is a definite “YES” as some of the techniques and practices are very informative. Heck, if I was lucky enough to be able to load up for a year in the woods prospecting, I’d probably use this to prepare my supplies and mind for the adventure.
The first two chapters’ topics:
CHAPTER I 1
The Hardships of a Miner’s Life–Letters From Home–The Express Rider and His Welcome Call–The Beginnings of Nevada City–Tapping a Monte Bank–A Fascinating Twenty-One Dealer–Wingdaming the River–An Indian Funeral Ceremony–The Ups and Downs of Mining–The Advent of the Long-Tom on Rock Creek.
CHAPTER II 15
Bunking With Pard–A Rich Claim–The First Ground Sluice–Siestas Under the Big Pine–Naming the Town–A Dog Fight and a Purchase–The Grass-Widow Secures a Mate–A Shivaree and Its Consequences–Banished From Selby Flat–Anderson’s Eccentricities.
Anyways, I hope you enjoy the book on those rainy nights and other times when you cannot be in the field doing your own gold prospecting.