Passenger Lists: San Francisco 1800s
Arrive San Francisco
March 21, 1863
J. T. Watkins, Commander
March 21, 1863, Daily Alta California, San Francisco
March 20 -- Steamer Constitution, Watkins, 13 days, 11 hours from Panama; pass and mdse to A. B. Forbes.
Arrival of the Constitution
The P.M.S.S. Company's steamer Constitution, Capt. J. T. Watkins, arrived at this port at 1 p.m., March 20th.
The P. M. S. S. Company's steamer Constitution, J. T. Watkins Commander, left Panama March 7th at 1 :15 A. M., with 490 passengers, connecting with the steamer Champion from New York. February 21st; arrived at Acapulco March 12th at 3:15 P.M.; discharged freight, received supplies and sailed at 6 P.M.; arrived off the wreck of the Golden Gate March 13 at 10 p.m., received seven boxes of recovered treasure, and sailed at 10:30 P. M.; March 16th, at 9:45 A. M., passed steamerSonora. bound down; arrived at San Francisco March 20th at 1 P. M.
The Constitution brings from Acapulco, forwarded by U. S. Consul Ely to U. S. Marshal Rand, Wm. Moffit, Joseph Butler and Wm. Cochran as prsoners, and Robert Hahling and Wm. Jackson as witnesses for alleged mutiny on board the Ship Vision.
Left in port at Panama. U. S. ship St. Mary's and steamer Narragansett; H. B. M. ship Bacchante, and ships Havelock, Mongolia and Santa Claus, with coal, to P.M.S.S. Co. At Acapulco. U. S. steamerSaranac, and ships King Philip, Great Northern. Wm. Lord. Jr., and Athenia, with coal to P. M. S. S. Co.
The Constitution brings 186 packages mail, 2,336 general merchandise; 1,607 firkins butter; 84 cheese; 2,982 bags coffee, 104 packages boots and shoes; 181 cs cigars; 225 saleratus; 15 packages specia, and 2 horses.
The steamer Constitution, from Panama, brings 2982 sacks Coffee, 1607 firkins Butter, 84 packages Cheese, 181 cases Cigars, 225 do. Saleratus, and 2336 packages merchandise unspecified.
March 21, 1863, Daily Alta California, San Francisco
Black Fire: The True Story of the Original Tom Sawyer--and of the Mysterious Fires That Baptized Gold Rush-Era San Francisco
The first biography of the little-known real-life Tom Sawyer (a friend of Mark Twain during his brief tenure as a California newspaper reporter), told through a harrowing account of Sawyer's involvement in the hunt for a serial arsonist who terrorized mid-nineteenth century San Francisco. hen 28-year-old San Francisco Daily Morning Call reporter Mark Twain met Tom Sawyer at a local bathhouse in 1863, he was seeking a subject for his first novel. As Twain steamed, played cards, and drank beer with Sawyer (a volunteer firefighter, customs inspector, and local hero responsible for having saved ninety lives at sea), he had second thoughts about Shirley Tempest, his proposed book about a local girl firefighter, and began to envision a novel of wider scope. Author Robert Graysmith worked as an artist at The San Francisco Chronicle during the years of the Zodiac Killer; he wrote "Zodiac" and "Zodiac Unmasked" about those murders.
The History of the Gold Discoveries of the Northern Mines of California's Mother Lode Gold Belt As Told By The Newspapers and Miners 1848-1875
Lewis J. Swindle
While in the U.S. Military stationed in Turkey in the eary 1970s, Swindle became interested in minerals and geology. In returning to the U.S. and during the 26 years he lived in Colorado, he spent countless hours in the mountainous terrain looking for, digging and collecting the minerals known to exist in the Pikes Peak Region. In moving to the California and the Gold Belt Region, he searched out the history of the gold in the region.
Rooted in Barbarous Soil:
People, Culture, and Community in Gold Rush California
(California History Series)
A mercurial economy swung from boom to bust, and back again, rendering everyone's fortunes ephemeral. Competition, jealousy, and racism fueled individual and mass violence. Yet, in the very midst of this turbulence, social and cultural forms emerged, gained strength, spread, and took hold. Rooted in Barbarous Soil examines gold rush society and culture.
The Age of Gold:
The California Gold Rush and the New American Dream
H. W. Brands
“I have found it.” These words, uttered by the man who first discovered gold on the American River in 1848, triggered the most astonishing mass movement of peoples since the Crusades. California’s gold drew fortune-seekers from around the world. That discovery accelerated America’s imperial expansion and exacerbated the tensions that exploded in the Civil War. The Gold Rush inspired a new American dream — the “dream of instant wealth, won by audacity and good luck.” Brands tells his epic story from multiple perspectives: of adventurers John and Jessie Fremont, entrepreneur Leland Stanford, and Samuel Clemens — alongside prospectors, soldiers, and scoundrels. He imparts a sense of the distances they traveled, the suffering they endured, and the fortunes they made and lost.
San Francisco Memoirs:
1835-1851: Eyewitness Accounts of the Birth of a City
Malcolm E. Barker
In July 1846 San Francisco was a tranquil settlement of about 150 inhabitants. Three years later it was an international metropolis with more than 30,000 people thronging its streets. Recalled in this intriguing collection of personal anecdotes from those tumultuous times are the days when San Francisco Bay extended inland to Montgomery Street. Bears, wolves, and coyotes roamed the shore. The arrival of 238 Mormons more than doubled the town's population.
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Tales of Gold Rush Outlaws, Gunfighters, Lawmen, and Vigilantes
A collection of true tales of villainy and violence during the California Gold Rush. How gold fever ignited a rush of families, but also prostitutes, feuds, lynchings, duels, bare-knuckle prizefights, and vigilantes.
The Trials of Laura Fair: Sex, Murder, and Insanity in the Victorian West
On November 3, 1870, on a San Francisco ferry, Laura Fair shot a bullet into the heart of her married lover, A. P. Crittenden. Throughout her two murder trials, Fair's lawyers, supported by expert testimony from physicians, claimed that the shooting was the result of temporary insanity caused by a severely painful menstrual cycle. The first jury disregarded such testimony, choosing instead to focus on Fair's disreputable character. In the second trial, however, an effective defense built on contemporary medical beliefs and gendered stereotypes led to a verdict that shocked Americans across the country. Carole Haber probes changing ideas about morality and immorality, masculinity and femininity, love and marriage, health and disease, and mental illness to show that all these concepts were reinvented in the Victorian West.
Embarcadero: Sea Adventures from 1849 to 1906
Tales of the colorful characters who went down to the sea in ships to and from the port of San Francisco.
Mud, Blood, and Gold
A year in the life of San Francisco: 1849. Based on eyewitness accounts and previously overlooked official records, Richards chronicles the explosive growth of a wide-open town rife with violence, gambling, and prostitution, all of it fueled by unbridled greed.