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San Francisco Gold Rush 1849.


The Great Prophetess and Doctress

The Madame has astonished thousands of her visitors in France, England and America, by revealing the Past, Present and Future Events of Life, such as Lawsuits, Travel by Sea or Land, Lost or Stolen Goods, Hidden Treasures, Absent Friends or Relatives, and all affairs of Business in general.

The Madame has a select assortment of pure Roman Talismans for Love, Good Luck, Success in Business, and guaranteed for Life. The Madame has invaluable remedies of her own discovery, which will bring the separated together, and cause them to remain happily together during life. The Madame has valuable remedies for healing the sick and afflicted of all manner of diseases.

Office of Madame Laurustinus,

816 Montgomery Street,

Between Jackson and Pacific.

Office Hours from 8 o'clock in the morning until 8 in the evening.

December 24, 1865, The Golden Era, San Francisco, California

Arrival of Madame Laurustinus.

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.

San Francisco, You're History!
Politicians, Proselytizers, Paramours, and Performers Who Helped Create California's Wildest City
Politicians, Proselytizers, Paramours, Performers.
Early San Francisco.California Performers.
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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Maritime Nations, Ships, Sea Captains, Merchants, Merchandise, Ship Passengers and VIPs sailing into San Francisco during the 1800s.



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Sources: As noted on entries and through research centers including National Archives, San Bruno, California; San Francisco Main Library History Collection; Maritime Library, San Francisco, California, various Maritime Museums around the world.

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