Digger Bob Posted February 20, 2004 Report Share Posted February 20, 2004 For those of you who have done any research on the Californina gold rush, you may have come across references to a small book called "The Dame Shirley letters."She was the wife of a doctor who came west to seek his fortune in the gold fields at the beginning of the gold rush. They settled at the boom town of Rich Bar high up on the North Fork of the Feather River in 1850. While there she wrote many letters to her sister back east describing in great detail what life was like in a mining town. Those letters were saved and later published under that title. Historians and researchers have long marveled at her account as being the most true to life of what really happened during those early years.Here is a picture I took a few weeks ago of that area. Rich Bar itself is just around the bend of the river up against that high mountain. If you can erase the road and railroad tracks in your mind, you will see exactly what she saw. Read the book at the same time and you can really put yourself there in that time.Digger Bob Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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