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Baker (George H.) Diary
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This file contains the hand written in ink journal of George H. Baker. Mr.. Baker created the record between 1848 and January 1849. The hard covered book is in good condition with the spine intact. The pages are off white in color and are also in good condition. In this journal he writes about his time as a California Gold Hunter for the New England Pioneers and he discusses the long journey from New England to California.
G. H Baker joined the Gold Rush to California, arriving at San Francisco in May, 1849. His sketch Port of San Francisco, 1849" was lithographed and published in the NY Tribune in August, 1849. From 1852 to 1862 Baker worked in Sacramento running several merchandising businesses; he also edited and published two periodicals, continued to sketch (mostly mining scenes), and made a series of woodcuts of California views. He drew and published a large and detailed lithograph of Sacramento as it looked in 1857 (his account book listing subscribers and advertising costs is housed at the Soc. of Cal. Pioneers). He moved back permanently to SF in 1862, establishing a lithography and publishing firm. Specialized in posters, advertising cards, views of buildings, stock certificates, and maps. He did produce several views in those years.
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