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By David Vaught

"It is an excellent country," exclaimed Stephen J. box, the longer term U.S. very best courtroom justice, upon arriving in California in 1849. Field's pronouncement was once greater than simply an expression of exuberance. For an electrifying second, he and one other 100,000 hopeful gold miners came upon themselves face-to-face with anything commensurate to their potential to dream. so much didn't hit pay dust in gold. Thereafter, one illustrative team of them struggled to make a residing in wheat, farm animals, and fruit alongside Putah Creek within the decrease Sacramento Valley. Like box, they by no means forgot that first "glorious" second in California whilst something appeared attainable. In After the Gold Rush, David Vaught examines the hard-luck miners-turned-farmers -- the Pierces, Greenes, Montgomerys, Careys, and others -- who refused to confess a moment failure, confronted flood and drought, continued huge disputes and confusion over land coverage, and struggled to return to grips with the vagaries of neighborhood, nationwide, and global markets.Their dramatic tale exposes the bottom of the yankee dream and the haunting outcomes of attempting to strike it wealthy. (2007)

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Chiles took a liking to his fellow overland adventurer and, seeing that Davis was down on his luck, proposed a business partnership. They started a dairy in the town of Washington, just across the river from Sacramento in Yolo County, as well as a rope ferry (where the I Street bridge stands today) to capitalize on the many people traveling to the mines. With milk selling for a dollar a quart and with tolls as high as $6 per wagon, gross earnings from the two enterprises soared to as much as $10,000 a month.

Hutchinson had purchased his half-interest in Rancho Laguna de Santos Callé. The land near the creek looked lush and the remaining grassland ideal for livestock. Hutchinson and his two partners, Charles Greene and William Cozzens, proceeded from past experience. The first task at hand was to enclose the land to be cultivated to keep out grazing stock. The available timber along the creek was not strong enough to be cut into planks but could be chopped up to make brush fences. By March, a field of 1,374 acres was ready, 800 of which were plowed.

Hutchinson had purchased his half-interest in Rancho Laguna de Santos Callé. The land near the creek looked lush and the remaining grassland ideal for livestock. Hutchinson and his two partners, Charles Greene and William Cozzens, proceeded from past experience. The first task at hand was to enclose the land to be cultivated to keep out grazing stock. The available timber along the creek was not strong enough to be cut into planks but could be chopped up to make brush fences. By March, a field of 1,374 acres was ready, 800 of which were plowed.

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