California Odyssey by William R. Goulding
An Overland Journey on the Southern Trails, 1849 (The American Trails Series)

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In 1849, William R. Goulding and the Knickerbocker Exploring Company struck out for California on the southern route—a road less traveled. This rare first-person diary of the southern Gold Rush trails, introduced and annotated by Patricia A. Etter, highlights an important alternative route to the Pacific Coast.

One of the best-educated Gold Rush participants, Goulding kept a remarkably articulate journal that recounts his meetings with the interesting and important people he encountered along the way. He describes the details of the trail itself—the weather and scenery, birds and animals, and a march “amidst heards [sic] of miriads of buffalo in all directions as far as the eyes could reach.” Goulding also recorded encounters with Hispanics and American Indians.

 

About William R. Goulding

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William R. Goulding was one of New York City's finest makers of surgical instruments in the 1840s. Patricia A. Etter is Librarian and Curator Emeritus of the Labriola Center, an American Indian Research Library at Arizona State University. She is author of To California on the Southern Route, 1849: A History and Annotated Bibliography . Howard R. Lamar is Sterling Professor of History Emeritus at Yale University and the author of The Far Southwest, 1846-1912: A Territorial History . William R. Goulding was one of New York City's finest makers of surgical instruments in the 1840s. Patricia A. Etter was Librarian and Curator Emeritus of the Labriola Center, an American Indian Research Library at Arizona State University. She authored To California on the Southern Route, 1849: A History and Annotated Bibliography. Howard R. Lamar is Sterling Professor of History Emeritus at Yale University and the author of The Far Southwest, 1846-1912: A Territorial History.
 
Published August 2, 2009 by The Arthur H. Clark Company. 364 pages
Genres: History.