Meadow Lake

Meadow Lake

Gold Town
Paul Fatout
Distribution: World
Publication date: 7/26/2017
Format: paper 192 pages, 6 b&w illus., 1 map
5.5 x 8.25
ISBN: 978-0-253-03115-0
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The inhabitants of Meadow Lake, California, dreamed as big as all the gold seekers of the far West, certain that their town, their mine was the "big bonanza"—a place of legendary wealth that most prospectors believed really existed somewhere. The dream took shape in 1865 when the Meadow Lake region of eastern California became the scene of one of the most feverish stampedes in the history of prospecting. Reports of gold-filled ledges five miles long brought miners, lumbermen, and speculators rushing into the area, and within a year a city of several thousand people sprang up. Their frenzied optimism was undiminished by disquieting news that the gold could not be removed from the surrounding granite. The following summer brought increasing crowds, but a profitable method of separating the gold from the rock was never discovered. Disenchanted miners began to leave, and within a few years only a lone hermit, the original inhabitant of Meadow Lake, remained in the dismal wreckage of the once-thriving town. Paul Fatout brings to life the colorful characters who figured in the history of Meadow Lake, telling the story at a sprightly pace and in fascinating detail.

Author Bio

Paul Fatout, Professor Emeritus of English at Purdue University. He is author of Ambrose Bierce, the Devil's Lexicographer; Ambrose Bierce and the Black Hills; Mark Twain on the Lecture Circuit; Letters of a Civil War Surgeon; and Mark Twain in Virginia City.

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Table of Contents

1. The Big Thing
2. Excelsior
3. Gold Rush 1865
4. Sierra Winter 1865-66
5. Stampede to Meadow Lake 1866
6. Sierra Summer 1866
7. Uncertain Year 1866-67
8. Long Road Down 1867-74
9. Indian Summer 1875-80
10. Hope Deferred 1881-92
11. Aftermath 1893-
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