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Guide to the Ezra M. Hamilton Collection, 1833-1914
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Ezra M. Hamilton Collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1833-1914
    Box Number: 213-214
    Creator: Hamilton, Ezra M., 1832 or 3-1914
    Extent: 2 boxes
    Repository: California State Library
    Sacramento, California
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information



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    Please credit California State Library.

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    Copyright has not been assigned to California State Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing. Permission for publication is given on behalf of California State Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Ezra M. Hamilton Collection, California State Library.

    Access Points

    Hamilton, Ezra M., 1832 or 3-1914
    Overland journeys to the Pacific
    Indians of North America--California
    Gold mines and mining--California
    Los Angeles (Calif.)--Politics and government
    Willow Springs (Calif.)--History
    United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865


    Manuscript reminiscences of Ezra M. Hamilton, with index and typescript of pages 1-184 and 491-617.


    Ezra M. Hamilton was born in Illinois February 22, 1833. In 1853, he came to California, working in the mines and taking part in the Rogue River War against the Rogue River Indians. 1856 found Hamilton mining in Shasta County. He returned East in 1861, serving in Union armies throughout the Civil War. In 1875, he returned to California for his health. He went into business in Los Angeles, manufacturing cement pipe. In 1878, Hamilton helped organize the Workingmen's Party and was elected to the Los Angeles City Council. In 1884, he was again elected to the City Council on the strength of his anti-railroad views. In 1897, he moved to Antelope Valley and founded Willow Springs as a resort for tourists. He died at Willow Springs, July 4, 1914.