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Gold rush journal, 1852-1854.
BANC MSS 2001/114 cz Port.; BANC MSS 2001/114 cz Vol.
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Gold rush journal, 1852-1854


Cunningham, David W., creator


Volume (168 p.) by Cunningham concerning his travels from New York to California and life in Chile from Sept. 12, 1852 to Aug. 3, 1854. He provides a detailed account of his voyage via Cape Horn, Sept. 13, 1852-Mar. 12, 1853, including weather conditions, a list of crew and officers, ship activities, and geographical sites. He arrives in San Francisco and visits sites of the city (including gambling halls, Chinatown, and ships recently arrived to the city), contacts old acquaintances from Boston, and seeks work as an engineer. Employment, mining, and business ventures take him to other Calif. cities, such as Sacramento, Shasta, and Colusa. Discouraged after a mining venture in the "noisy, rowdy, drunken" mining camp "Forktown" along the Pit River, and without job prospects, he returns to San Francisco, growing tired of Calif. Finally, Cunningham sails to Valparaiso, Chile, on the clipper-ship Spray, lands a job as a surveyor, and travels throughout the country. His journal entries from Chile describe not only the physical characteristics, but life there and the people as well. Three poems or songs are included at the end of the volume.


1852 (issued)


n-us-ca -- cl-----
Adelaide Metcalf (Ship)
Spray (Clipper ship)
Voyages to the Pacific coast -- Personal narratives
Gold mines and mining -- California
Chinese -- California -- San Francisco
San Francisco (Calif.) -- Description and travel
Valparaíso (Chile) -- Description and travel
California -- Description and travel
Shasta (Calif.) -- Description and travel
Colusa (Calif.) -- Description and travel
Sacramento (Calif.) -- Description and travel
Chile -- Description and travel
Pit River (Calif.)
California -- Gold discoveries
Le Maire Strait (Argentina) -- Description and travel
Horn, Cape (Chile)
Juan Fern√°ndez Islands -- Description and travel
Peru -- Description and travel
Chinatown (San Francisco, Calif.)


In English and Spanish.



Physical Description:

1 volume and 1 portfolio (.2 linear ft.)




BANC MSS 2001/114 cz Port.
BANC MSS 2001/114 cz Vol.