Berkeley, CA: Friends of the Bancroft Library, 1966. First Edition. 118pp. Folio [36 cm] Full green cloth with the title gilt stamped on the backstrip. Near fine. Item #7502
The discovery of gold on the American River, east of Sacramento, on January 24, 1848, caused Stockton to transform from a small settlement to a thriving commercial center, supplying miners heading up to the Sierra foothills. Stockton got its start when Captain Charles M. Weber, a German immigrant, decided to try his hand at gold mining in late 1848 but soon discovered serving the needs of gold-seekers was a more profitable opportunity. He then founded Stockton in 1849 when he purchased over 49,000 acres of land through a Spanish land grant. Saunders 53.