By Margaret Casterline Bowen,Gwendolyn Joslin Hiles
while gold fever struck in 1849, John S. Darcy—prominent health practitioner, common, and president of the recent Jersey Railroad—assembled a firm to go back and forth overland to California. In Jersey Gold, Margaret Casterline Bowen and Gwendolyn Joslin Hiles inform the tale of that colourful corporation of a few thirty stalwarts and adventurers.
Jersey Gold chronicles the studies of the recent Jersey argonauts from their lives sooner than the gold rush to the commonly various fortunes each one finally chanced on. lively via the trekkers’ personal phrases and observations and illustrated with maps, pictures, and drawings by means of one of many company’s personal males, Jersey Gold follows the Newark Overland Company’s trip by means of rail, degree, and riverboat to the Missouri frontier city of Independence, the group’s jumping-off element for the Oregon-California path. There, the corporate splintered. Their divergent paths come up with the money for perspectives of the westward trip from a number of views because the businesses confronted the perils of the desolate tract and the treachery of human nature. as soon as in gold state, many booked quick passage domestic, yet a few remained with Darcy to paintings a winning mining operation prior to returning east with cozy fortunes. a couple of, enchanted via the possibilities of the Golden Coast, took up everlasting place of dwelling there—and of their tales we witness the emergence of California amid unparalleled lawlessness, the talk of slavery, and various nationalities.
the tale of the Newark Overland Company—in some ways a landscape of the 19th century—ranges from the wildness of the frontier during the chaos of the Civil warfare to the throes of early industrialization, and lines such notables as John Sutter, Brigham younger, and Henry Clay. In chronicling this trip, Jersey Gold vividly re-creates a defining bankruptcy in American history.