Calico Palace

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This thrilling story of the California gold rush is not about the forty-niners, the prospectors who came rushing to the San Francisco area in 1849, but about the men and women who were there when it all began with the first discovery of gold in 1848, when San Francisco was a village of 900 people. These were the people who went up to the hills and came back staggering under the weight of the treasure they carried, and who began transforming San Francisco from a shantytown into ...

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Overview

This thrilling story of the California gold rush is not about the forty-niners, the prospectors who came rushing to the San Francisco area in 1849, but about the men and women who were there when it all began with the first discovery of gold in 1848, when San Francisco was a village of 900 people. These were the people who went up to the hills and came back staggering under the weight of the treasure they carried, and who began transforming San Francisco from a shantytown into one of the most brilliant cities in the world.

This novel tells the unforgettable story of how these people walked into one of the most spectacular adventures in the world’s history. They saw the first samples of gold brought to the quartermaster, who said they were flakes of yellow mica. They were there when the first people who saw the gold were laughed at and called “crackbrains.” And they laid the foundation of the golden empire before the first forty-niners got there. Some of them could not meet the demands of this strange new world; others grew stronger and shared the greatness of the country they had helped build. Calico Palace is their story brought to vivid life.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556529849
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/1/2009
  • Series: Rediscovered Classics Series
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Pages: 608
  • Sales rank: 425,987
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Gwen Bristow (1903–1980) wrote a number of bestselling historical novels, including This Side of Glory, Tomorrow Is Forever, Jubilee Trail, Celia Garth, and Golden Dreams.

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  • Posted March 2, 2012

    Great Reads!

    All of Gwen Bristow's books are wonderful. I wish the publisher would reissue in e-book form.

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