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Historic Western Lot with 1867 Eureka Gold Miner's Letter 1906 San Francisco Earthquake Postcards & Much More
Lot of 8 Historic Western Items, 1862, 1867, 1898 & 1906 California Gold Rush Letters, Plus... 1906 San Francisco Earthquake Images and the Sutro Baths, Fine-Very Fine.
This interesting Western history lot contains a variety of materials related to San Francisco and the Gold Rush, including a detailed letter written from the "Eureka Mine" in Northern California, a letter from Cerro Gordo, Northern California, Tehama, and Sacramento.

There is a fascinating letter from a N.C. Harry, a miner who evidently had been in California more than two years, tells in badly spelled English: "We are living at Mrs. Gates yet but she have no gorel (girl) and she hardly knows how to keep us. Whe can get aplenty of bord with the natives but they are pretty ruff. Wages is $55 a monty." Harry is getting the mine ready for renewed operation after a lengthy closing during the Civil War. "This mine is luking pretty good but the Company are not taken (h)old of her yet sinc the war did clost."

An 1862 Letter from a Sarah Young of Sacramento is well-written, with intriguing details about her recent voyage to California on steamers and across Panama by railroad:

"... we had an unusual long and rough passage. We had a very heavy gail the first night out of New York. It just took the copper off the bottom of the Steamer about 12 feet... We were 10 days. I was sick most of the way... It was very hot and we had mosquitoes and sand flies and cock roaches and spiders in abundance... The Natives were out walking the street and singing laughing and hooting all night. I did not go to sleep that night... We arrived at San Francisco Sunday Night January the 26... The first news we heard was that Sacramento City was all flooded again..."

This lot also includes two Postcards depicting the effect of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake. "Agnes D." writes on the back of one postcard, dated May 27, to her cousin: "Ruins of the City Hall, San Francisco... after the earthquake and fire, April 18, 1906..." Accompanied by another card postmarked from S.F. in December 1907 depicting the Fairmont Hotel after the earthquake.

The last item in this lot is an exceptional four-page, 12" x 8" Broadsheet style "Programme" for the "SUTRO BATHS... Bathing Season of 1898", with exciting advertisements of all sizes on each page. The backpage has an ad for "The Free Museum attached to the Sutro Baths... contains two of the finest specimens of Egyptian Mummies ever exhumed." Lot sold "as is."

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