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The Resource Grit and gold : the Death Valley Jayhawkers of 1849, Jean Johnson

Grit and gold : the Death Valley Jayhawkers of 1849, Jean Johnson

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Grit and gold : the Death Valley Jayhawkers of 1849
Title
Grit and gold
Title remainder
the Death Valley Jayhawkers of 1849
Statement of responsibility
Jean Johnson
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"The Death Valley Jayhawkers were a group of young gold seekers who blundered into Death Valley at Christmas 1849. They were an uncongealed group when they left western Illinois, although many had been friends at school in Galesburg, but while traveling along the Platte River Road toward the gold fields of California they held initiation rights that melded them into a jolly, but mutually supportive group of young men who saw their western trip as a spirited adventure. After leaving Salt Lake City to break a road south to the Pacific Coast that would eliminate crossing the snowy Sierra Nevada, they veered off the Old Spanish Trail in southern Utah to follow a old mountaineer's map portraying a bogus trail that claimed to cut months and hundreds of miles off their route to the gold country. Instead, as winter descended, they became totally lost in the mountains and dry valleys of southern Nevada and California and had to abandon everything but the shirts on their backs and the few oxen that became their pitiful meals on the hoof. This book weaves together the strands of their heroic, yet tragic story with the aid of William Lorton's superior 1894 diary of the trek from Illinois to southern Utah, the reminiscences of the Jayhawkers themselves, the keen memory of famed pioneer William Lewis Manly, and the almost daily diary of Sheldon Young (who became a Death Valley Jayhawker). It reveals the valor, determination, and guts characteristic of these early westerners; traits that have made America great. With adherence to accuracy and careful research, the author provides a lively but accurate true story of western grit, far more powerful than any fiction"--Provided by publisher
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CoU/DLC
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1937-
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Johnson, Jean
Dewey number
979.4/87
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
F868.D2
LC item number
J6254 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Wilbur S. Shepperson series in Nevada history
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Jayhawker Party
  • Overland journeys to the Pacific
  • Frontier and pioneer life
  • Pioneers
  • Gold mines and mining
  • Death Valley (Calif. and Nev.)
Label
Grit and gold : the Death Valley Jayhawkers of 1849, Jean Johnson
Instantiates
Publication
Bar code
31223127760370
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
26 cm.
Extent
xi, 272 pages
Isbn
9781943859771
Lccn
2018011417
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40028678025
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)1029063531
Label
Grit and gold : the Death Valley Jayhawkers of 1849, Jean Johnson
Publication
Bar code
31223127760370
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
26 cm.
Extent
xi, 272 pages
Isbn
9781943859771
Lccn
2018011417
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40028678025
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)1029063531

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