Yuba County History


by George Emmanuel Hanson



Ballon,  William J.,  Adventures of William J. Ballon, Seattle, 1878.

Barstow, Alfred, Statement of Alfred Barstow, a pioneer of 1849.  Bancroft Library, 1877.

Bigler, Henry William, Diary of a Mormon in California; discovery of gold in California, 1872.

Bidwell, John. California in 1841-48.  Written by the authors dictation by S. S. Boynton for the Bancroft Library, 1877.

Bray, Edmund. Memoir (In Sketches of California pioneers No. 44)

Dornin, May.  Early emigrant trails into California  (M. A. thesis, University of California, Berkeley, 1921)

Eppard, Mabelle Blanch.  The southern emigrant trails into California (M. A. thesis, University of California, Berkeley, 1914)

Kane, Michael.  Statement of Michael Kane (In miscellaneous Statements on California History, Bancroft Library, 1878.)

Swasey, Bidwell,  Tooker and Sutter.  New Helvetia diary of events from 1845-8.  Copied from the original.  Bancroft Library, 1881.

Warner, J. J.  Reminiscences of Early California from 1831 to 1846 (In Annual Publications of the Historical Society of Southern California, v VII, 1907-8.

Printed Books

Allsop, Robert.  California and its Gold Mines:  London, Groombridge and Sons, Paternoster, 1853.

Austed, David J.  The Gold Seekers manual; being a practical and instructive guide to all persons emigrating to the newly-discovered gold regions of California.  New York, D. Appleton and Company, 1849.)

Barry, T. A. and Patten, B. A.  Men and Memories of San Francisco in the "Spring of 50" San Francisco, A. L. Bancroft & Company, 1873.

Bates, Mrs. D. B.  Incidents on land and water, or Four Years on the Pacific Coast.  Seventh Edition, Boston, E. O. Libby and Company, 1858.

Bean, Edwin F.  History and Directory of Nevada County; Containing a complete history of the county, with sketches of the various towns and occupations of residents; also full statistics of mining and all other industrial resources.  Nevada, Printed by the daily Gazette Book and Job Office, 1867.

Beckwith, E. G.  Report of explorations for a route for the Pacific Railroad on the line of the 41st parallel of North latitude, 1853  (U.S. War Department.  Pacific Railway explorations.  v.2)

Beckwourth, James P.  The life and adventures of James P. Beckwourth, mountaineer, scout, pioneer, and chief of the Crow Nation of Indians.  Written from his own dictation by T. D. Bonner, New ed., London,   1912.

Borthwick, J. D.  Three years in California.  Edinburgh and London:  William Blackwood and sons, 1857.

Brooks, Tyrwhitt J.  Four months among the Gold-finders in Alta California; being the diary of an expedition from San Francisco to the gold districts.  Second edition, London, David Bogne, Fleet St.  1849.

Browne, J. Ross and Taylor, James W.  Reports upon the mineral resources of the United States.  Washington:  Government printing office, 1867.

Browne, J. Ross  Resources of the Pacific Slope.  New York:  D. Appleton and Company, 1869.

Bryant, Edwin.  What I saw in California:  being the journey of a tour, by the emigrant route and south pass of the Rocky mountains, across the continent of North America, and Great Desert Basin, and through California in the years 1846-1847.  2nd ed., New York, D. Appleton & Company 1848.

Buffum, E. Gould  Six months in the gold mines; from a journal of three years residence in Upper and Lowere California, 1847-8-9.  Philadelphia, Lea and Blanchard, 1850.

Burnett, Peter Hardeman.  Recollections and opinions of an old pioneer.  New York, D. Appleton and Company, 1880.

California Gold Regions, with full account of their mineral resources; how to get there, and what to take, the expenses, the time, and the various routes, etc.  New York, F. M. Pratt, publishers, 1849.

Colton, Walter.  Three Years in California.  With illustrations.  New York, Published by A. S. Barnes and Company, 1850.

California Statutes, 1850-74, 20 V. Sacramento.

Directories.  Directory of Grass Valley township for 1865; containing a historical sketch of Grass Valley, etc; forming the most complete work ever published in Nevada County.  By William S. Byrne, San Francisco, Printed by Charles F. Robbins and Company, 1865.

        Marysville directory for the year commencing Nov. 1, 1856.  Embracing a general directory of citizens, an appendix of general information, etc., together with a historical sketch of Marysville, San Francisco, 1856.

        Marysville directory for the year 1858.  Marysville, Printed at the daily news book and job office, 1858.

Downie, William.  Hunting for gold.  Reminiscences of personal experience and research in the early days of the Pacific Coast from Alaska to Panama.  San Francisco, California Publishing Company, 1893.

Farish, Thomas Edwin.  The gold hunters of California, Illustrated by F. D. Wetherber, Chicago, M. A. Donohue and Company, 1904.

Field, Stephen Johnson.  Personal reminiscences of early days in California with other sketches.  Printed for a few friends.  Not published. (Copyright, 1880, by S. J. Field)

Foster, G. G.  The gold regions of California.  Third Edition, New York, Dewitt and Davenport, 1849.

Fremont, John Charles.  (Misc. Sen. doc. no. 148.  30th cong. 1st sess.)  Geographical memoir upon Upper California, in illustration of his map of Oregon and California; addressed to the Senate of the United States.  Washington, 1848.

        Memoirs of my life by John C. Fremont including in the narrative five journals of western exploration during the years 1842, 1843, 1844, 1845-46-47, 1848, 49, 1853, 1854...... Chicago, Belford, Clark and Company, 1847.

Hall, Edward H.  Guide to the Great West, New York, D. Appleton and Company, 1865.

Johnson, Theodore Taylor.  Sights in the Gold Region and scenes by the way.  New York Baker and Scribner, 1849.

King, Clarence.  Mountaineering in the Sierra Nevada.  Boston.  James R. Osgood and Company, 1872.

Nordhoff, Charles.  California:  for health, pleasure and residence.  A book for travellers and settlers.  New York:  Harper and brothers.  1874.

Parsons, George Frederick.  The life and Adventures of James W. Marshall, the discovery of gold in California.  Sacramento:  Published by James W. Marshall and W. Burke, 1870.

Report on the Surveyor General of California, 1854-1880, 23 v. Sacramento.

Revere, Joseph Warren.  A tour of Duty in California; including a description of the gold region, etc., Edited by Joseph M. Balestier.  New York and Boston, 1849.  C. S. Francis and Co.

Robinson, Fayette.  California and its gold regions, New York, Stringer and Townsend, 1849.

Ryan, William Redmond.  Personal adventures in Upper and Lower California, in 1848-49; with the author's experience at the mines.  London, Parry and Co.  1852.

Schoolcraft, Henry Rowe.  Archive of aboriginal knowledge, Philadelphia, Lippencott, 1860 6 v.

Shinn, Charles Howard.  Mining Camps.  A study of American frontier government.  New York:  Charles Scribner's sons, 1885.

Thornton, Jessy Quinn.  Oregon and California in 1848.  New York, Harper and brothers, 1849, 2 V.

Tyson, James S.  Diary of a physician in California.  New York, D. Appleton and Company, 1850.

Udell, John.  Incidents of travel to California, across the plains.... Jefferson, Ohio, 1856.

Webster, Kimball.  The Gold Seekers of'49.  A personal narrative of the Overland Trail and Adventures in California and Oregon from 1849 to 1854.  Manchester, N.H.  Standard book Company, 1917.

Wilkes, Charles.  Narrative of the United States exploring expedition during the years, 1838, 1840, 1841, 1842.  Philadelphia, Lea and Blanchard, 1845, 5 v.


Allen, W. W. and Avery, P. B.  California Gold Book:  First Nugget its discovery and discoveries and some of the results proceeding therefrom.  San Francisco and Chicago, Donohue and Henneberry, 1895.

Bancroft, Hubert Howe.  The works of Hubert Howe Bancroft.  San Francisco.  A. L. Bancroft and Company, 1882-90.

Bolton, Herbert Eugene.  Spanish exploration in the Southwest, 1542-1706, New York, C. Scribner's Sons, 1916.

        The Spanish borderlands; a chronicle of old Florida and the Southwest, New Haven, Yale University press, 1921.

Bancroft, Hubert Howe,  History of California, 7 V., History of Oregon 2 v., Native Races 5 v.

California as It Is.  Written by Seventy of the Leading Editors and Authors of the Golden State for the Weekly Call.  San Francisco, Call Company. 1881.

California Mines and Minerals.  Published by the California Miners Association under the direction of Edward H. Benjamin, Secretary for the California Meeting of the American Institute of Mining Engineers.  San Francisco.  1899.

California State Agricultural Society.  Transactions of the, for the years, 1864-5; 1866-7 - 1878 - 1879.  Sacramento.

California State Mining Bureau;  Report of the State Minerologist Annual reports of 1850-1890.  Sacramento.

Canfield, Chauncey L.   The Diary of a Forty-niner.  Boston and New York.  Houghton Mifflin Company, 1920.

Chamberlain, William Henry and Wells, Harry L. ed.  History of Yuba County, California.  Oakland, California.  Thompson and West, 1879.

Chapman, Charles E.  A History of California:  The Spanish Period.  New York, MacMillan Company, 1921.

Cleland, Robert Glass.   A History of California; The American Period.  New York, MacMillan Company, 1922.

Coy, Owen C.  Guide to the County Archives of California.  Publication of the California Historical Survey Commission.  Sacramento, 1919.

Crouise, Titus Fey.  The Natural Wealth of California.  San Francisco, H. H. Bancroft and Company, 1865.

Dale, Harrison Clifford.  The Ashley-Smith explorations and the discovery of a central route to the Pacific, 1822-1829.  Cleveland, A. H. Clark Company, 1918.

Dellenbaugh, Frederick Samuel.  Fremont and '49.  New York, Putnam, 1914.

Fairbanks, Harold W.  The Geography of California.  San Francisco, Whitaker and Ray-Wiggin Company, 1912.

Fairfield, Asa Merrill.  Fairfield's pioneer history of Lassen County, California.  San Francisco, H. S. Crocker, 1916.

Frost, John.  History of the State of California.  New York, Hurst and Company, no date.

Hittell, John S.  Resources in California.  Agriculture, mining, Geography, Climate, Commerce, etc., San Francisco, A Roman and Company, 1863; 1874.

Hittell, Theodore H.  History of California, 4 v., San Francisco N. J. Stone and Company, 1897.

Lindgren, Waldomar.  The Gold-Quartz Veins of Nevada City and Grass Valley Districts of California.  Washington, 1896.

Sanchez, Nellie Vande Grift.  Spanish and Indian Place Names of California, their meaning and their Romance.  San Francisco, A. M. Robertson, 1914.

Wells, Harry L.  Illustrated history of Plumas, Lassen and Sierra Counties, with Califronia from 1513 to 1850.  San Francisco, Fariss and Smith, 1882.

        History of Nevada County, Oakland, Thompson and West, 1870.


Atkinson, Bernetta Alphin.  Reminiscences of the old stage line (Overland new series V. 67, p 501-506 June 1916)

Bailey, G. E.  The history origin and meaning of some California towns and places  (Overland V 44. p 469)

Bepler, Doris West.  Sketch of Nevada County's early history, Grizzly Bear XXIII (June)  1-2.  27.

Bidwell, John.  First emigrant train to California  (Century new series.  v. 19, p 106)

Boynton, S. S.  Through the heart of the Sierras.  Grand Canyon of the Feather River.  (Overland new series v 42.  p 483-488)

Burrows, A.  The Development of gold mining in California  (Overland new series v. 41  p        June 1903.)

Clemens, W. M.  Bret Harte's Country  (Bookmand  V. 13, p 233-37.  May 1901)

Degroot, Henry.  Gold in '49.  Diving for  (Overland new series V. 13, p 273-290.  September 1874.)

Dequille, Dan.  Perils of the high Sierras  (Overland new series.  v 9, p 311.  March 1887.)

Elliott, T. C.  The Peter Skene Ogden Journals  (Oregon historical quarterly, v 11, p 201-222)

Farley, Judson A.  Roses Bar  (Overland old series  v 7, p 438-39, 1871.)

        The Yuba  (Overland old series v. 5, p 444-448.)

Forest City  (Hutchings' v III, p 104)

Harvey, Charles M.  The Trail of the Argonauts  (Atlantic Monthly, v. 108.  p 115-125, 1911.)

Hill, J. J.   Ewing Young in the far West  (quarterly of the Oregon Historical Society, March 1922, p 1-35.)

Holmes, Charles Nevers.  The gold fever of forty-eight and forty-nine  (Magazine of History.  v. XXIII, p 103-115.)

Inkersley, Arthur.  The Church of forty-nine.  (Overland v. 25, p 532-543.  Jan-June 1895.)

La Porte, Sierra County, California  (Hutchings' v. 5, p 249-255, Dec., 1860.)

Lott, Charles.  As it was in '49  (Overland v 36, p 225-230 July-Dec. 1900.)

L. M.  The Indians of Nevada County  (Overland, v 3, p 275-279, March 1894.)

Marysville, Hutchings'  v 3, p 347-350, Feb., 1859.)

Merriam, C. Hart.  (Quarterly of the California Historical Society.  v II No 3, p 229, Oct., 1923.)

Muir, John.  Flood-Storm in the Sierras.  (Overland, new series, v 14, p 489-496, June 1875.)

Olney, C. M.  Mountains and Valleys of Yuba County.  (Overland , new series, v. 40, p 566-88, Dec., 1902.)

Randall, Marion.  Miniature Lakes of the Sierra Nevada  (Overland, new series, v 45, p. 65-68.)

Truman, Ben C.  Nights of the Lash.  (Overland, new series, v 31, p 218-226, Jan-June 1898.)

Up in the Sierras  (Overland new series, v. 2, p 44-48 July 1883.)

Wells, Harry E.  Pioneer Sketches - - Gold Lake:  The first stampede in the California Mines.  (Overland new series, v. 4, p 419-424, Nov. 1884.)

Yale, Charles G.  Gold Mining of Today.  (Overland new series, v 18, p 113-131.  August 1891.)


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