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Gold-Rush San Francisco: A Perfect Sodom


Last updated 1/4/2022 at 2:28pm

A drawing of Daniel Jenks' cabin made by Jenks himself. At right, a portrait of Jenks.

Editor's note: The following is a taste of a first-hand account of 1800s traveler and prospector Daniel Jenks from the new book "The Lost Gold Rush Journals" by Larry Obermesik of Hanover. The book covers Jenks' experiences - in his own words, transcribed from his journals - of the California Gold Rush and then his arrival in Colorado, not far from here. Obermesik's story was featured in our Dec. 1 issue. You can meet the author at a book signing on Jan. 15 at the Barnes & Noble in Pueblo.

"All the world appears to be going that way," wrote Daniel Jenks. It was the mid-19th-century cr...

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