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San Francisco Gold Rush 1849.


Captain Francis J. Lippett

1853, Daily Alta California, San Francisco

. . . Another name appears on the list of passengers (of the SS Golden Gate) that has still stronger claims to passing attention; a name that we have been accustomed to see for the past five or six years associated with every important event in the history of the State; a name numbered among our earliest readers and among this city's most useful friends.

Capt. Francis J. Lippitt, who leaves our shores to-morrow, has been one of the most prominent and useful as he is one of the oldest residents of California.

He came to this country in the fall of 1846, attached as Captain to the 7th Regiment U.S. Volunteers, and since that period he has been identified with every important movement developing the city and State, and his name is to be found associated with every principal act in the organiztion of a State and municipal government.

An honorable and useful career closes, for the State, with his retirement from these shores, and we cannot but think that we only give expression to the feeling which all who read this notice and are acquainted with Capt. Lippitt entertan, when we wish him golden prosperity and happiness in the future.

With his youthful and interesting bride he leaves our shores for "merrie England," where, we understand, it is his intention to remain.

The Annals of San FranciscoThe Annals of San Francico 1855. Early San Francisco.
Frank Soule, John H. Gihon, Jim Nisbet. 1855
Written by three journalists who were witnesses to and participants in the extraordinary events they describe. The Annals of San Francisco is both an essential record for historians and a fascinating narrative for general readers. Over 100 historical engravings are included. Partial Contents: Expeditions of Viscaino; Conduct of the Fathers towards the natives; Pious Fund of California; Colonel John C. Fremont; Insurrection of the Californians; Description of the Golden Gate; The Presidio of San Francisco; Removal of the Hudson's Bay Company; Resolutions concerning gambling; General Effects of the Gold Discoveries; Third Great Fire; Immigration diminished; The Chinese in California; Clipper Ships; Increase of population; and Commercial depression.

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J. Kingston Pierce
Seattle-based freelance writer Pierce presents a fascinating view of a variety of colorful people and events that have molded the unique environment of San Francisco. He chronicles historical highlights along with a focus on current issues. Pierce touches on the gold rush, earthquakes, and fires and introduces the lives of politicians, millionaires, criminals, and eccentrics. Pierce sparks the imagination in relating the stories of yesterday to today.

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