A Doctor's Gold Rush Journey to California

A Doctor's Gold Rush Journey to California

by Israel Shipman Pelton Lord
     
 

One hundred and forty-nine years ago, a homeopathic physician luxuriously named Israel Shipman Pelton Lord trudged across the country in the midst of thousands of wagons, oxen, and seekers of the first free gold in history. Disappointed with the maps and guides of the day, Lord determined to set the record straight for future travelers.See more details below

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One hundred and forty-nine years ago, a homeopathic physician luxuriously named Israel Shipman Pelton Lord trudged across the country in the midst of thousands of wagons, oxen, and seekers of the first free gold in history. Disappointed with the maps and guides of the day, Lord determined to set the record straight for future travelers.

Editorial Reviews

Sierra Heritage
"Dr. Lord’s first diary entry on May 6, 1849, reads, ‘We left a dead man by the name of Middleton on the levee at St. Louis,’ and his last, on April 3, 1851, ‘If I should get time, I will give you my reasons why I think ninety-nine out of every hundred who shall hereafter go to California, are either madmen, fools—or radically unprincipled, and of course, dishonest.’ . . . Dr. Lord is a highly intelligent man who writes with vigor and a real feeling for the natural beauty of the land. . . . A vivid re-creation of two years on our country’s frontier."—Sierra Heritage
Overland Journal
"Many overland diaries are little more than trail descriptions and weather reports. Not this one. . . . Narratives of the character of miners, and the California and Panama businessmen who gouged them, are well worth reading. . . . [Lord’s] tirades about slavery are sharp, including slaves in California. . . . Highly recommended."—Overland Journal
Choice
"Many immigrants wrote journals that were either unreflective or far too limited in detail. Lord’s journal offers a pleasant exception."—Choice

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803279902
Publisher:
University of Nebraska Press
Publication date:
11/28/1999
Pages:
441
Product dimensions:
6.09(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.99(d)

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