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Passengers at the Port of San Francisco: 1800s

Arrived in San Francisco in 1852 by ship through the Isthmus of Panama.

Founder of the town of Copperpolis.

Family history note arrived via e-mail:

"I have just spent several hours looking thru your ship lists into San Francisco. I had found through our written family history that my husband's ancestors came to California via the Ismuthus of Panama from New York.

Thomas McCarty brought his bride Agnes Dean McCarty in 1852. He had been in Calaveras County before 1852, so he may have traveled via ship more than once.

The McCarty family went on to own copper mines in Calaveras County and helped found the town of Copperopolis. Our McCarty ranchers are still there today."

May 10, 1861, Sacramento Daily Union
Sacramento, California

The Calaveras Copper Mines.? The San Andreas Independent thus refers to these mines, located near San Andreas:

The best ore on the "Copper Canon" claims are the blue oxyds and the pure sulphurets of copper; but besides these they take out a little of the green and more of the purple oxyds, all of which are distributed through talc or shale. Sometimes the pure native copper is obtained. We were shown a very curious specimen of this, dug from the "Keystone" claim. It is pure metal, as bright as a new cent, was formed in talcose slate, and is impressed with the exact form of the foliage of the Big Trees. It weighs perhaps a pound and a half, and may be seen at the residence of McCarty, two or three miles west of?Copperopolis,?on the Stockton road.?

June 25, 1861, Daily Alta California
San Francisco, California

KING COPPER. ? Calaveras is about to secede from the rule of King Gold and place her neck under the yoke of King Copper. At this momeat all other excitements pale before the copper mania; literally, every man you meet has his "pockets full of rocks," and acids to digest them. All our fluctuating population tends towards the western side of Bear Mountain. Copperopolis is becoming the center of business and rapidly advancing in population and wealth. A month ago it contained a frame house or two, a blacksmith shop, and a large canvas tent store; all else was in the woods. Now we hear of lots being sold in the town limits at prices ranging from $30 to $600. They will soon have under way a first-class hotel, billiard saloons, stores, and all the concomitants of a thriving mining camp. Six miles below, in the neighborhood of Hog Hill and Shaffer's store, things are advancing with the same astonishing rapidity. In every direction the prospectors are striking new veins of mineral, and all seem to be confident that their new discoveries are rich and valuable. We have seen specimens of ore from many of these claims, and they really look as favorable for permanent and profitable mine, as the specimens which come from Copper Canon. Developments on several ot these new veins have been made as far to northward as the Mokelumne river, and the excitement rages now with almost as much violence in the vicinity of Campo Seco, Poverty Bar, Jenny Lind and Spring Valley as it does in the districts where the first discoveries were made. The entire country west of Bear Mountain to the Plains, seems to be "coppered," and will, doubtless, in the course of a few months, be as crowded with mining adventurers as the canons and gulches on this side of the Mountain were during the flush times of gold mining operations ? San Andreas Independent

August 30, 1861, California Farmer and Journal of Useful Sciences

New Riches in lone Valley.

When we were in lone Valley, we were almost led away by the excitement that was then making the place unusually lively.

A new Lead of Gold and Silver Quartz had been discovered, about two miles above the city; the lead was supposed to be a continuance of the Copperopolis?lead, from?Copperopolis to Mokelumne river and the Campo Seco grounds, and the Cosumne.

The appearance of a large number of citizens all engaged in staking off claims and having the same recorded, called into action all the horses around. Perhaps, if we could have found a horse to ride to the grounds, we might have struck a lucky lead; we heard it said, that many persons who woke that day in moderate circumstances, were millionaires before night.

The Annals of San FranciscoThe Annals of San Francico 1855.
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.
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.

When America First Met China: An Exotic History of Tea, Drugs, and Money in the Age of SailWhen America First Met China.
Eric Jay Dolin
Ancient China collides with America in this epic tale of opium smugglers, sea pirates, and dueling clipper ships. Brilliantly illuminating one of the least-understood areas of American history, best-selling author Eric Jay Dolin traces our relationship with China back to its roots: the nineteenth-century seas that separated a brash, rising naval power from a ancient empire. It is a fable for our time, one that surprisingly continues to shed light on our modern relationship with China. The furious trade in furs, opium, and bêche-de-mer -- a rare sea cucumber delicacy -- might have catalyzed America's emerging economy, but it also sparked an ecological and human rights catastrophe. Peopled with fascinating characters--from Robert Morris: Financier of the American RevolutionRobert Morris, Financier of the American Revolution. to the The Glorious Reign of Emperor Qianlong: Splendors of China's Forbidden City, who considered foreigners inferior beings -- this saga of pirates and politicians, coolies and concubines becomes a must-read for any fan of Nathaniel Philbrick's MayflowerMayflower. or Mark Kurlansky's Cod.Cod, the fish that changd the world. Two maps, 16 pages of color, 83 black-and-white illustrations.

Latin America, World Journeys, Discovery.The Age of Sail.Commodore Levy:
A Novel of Early America in the Age of Sail

(Modern Jewish History)

Irving Litvag
By all accounts, Uriah Phillips Levy, the first Jewish commodore in the U.S. Navy, was both a principled and pugnacious man. On his way to becoming a flag officer, he was subjected to six courts-martial and engaged in a duel, all in response to antisemitic taunts and harassment from his fellow officers. Yet he never lost his love of country or desire to serve in its navy. When the navy tried to boot him out, he took his case to the highest court and won. This richly detailed historical novel closely follows the actual events of Levy’s life: running away from his Philadelphia home to serve as a cabin boy at age ten; his service during the War of 1812 aboard the Argus and internment at the notorious British prison at Dartmoor;  his campaign for the abolition of flogging in the Navy; and his purchase and restoration of Monticello as a tribute to his personal hero, Thomas Jefferson. Set against a broad panorama of U.S. history, Commodore Levy describes the American Jewish community from 1790 to 1860, the beginnings of the U.S. Navy, and the great nautical traditions of the Age of Sail before its surrender to the age of steam.


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