The Diary of a Forty-Niner – A Skillful Blending of Fact and Fiction

In the 1947 centennial edition of The Diary of a Forty-Niner published by James Ladd Delkin, Oscar Lewis, a California historian, researched the origins of the book. Below is his introduction along with his findings. ——— In the voluminous literature of the Gold Rush The Diary of a Forty-Niner has long occupied a position at once unique and puzzling. Almost every phase of the book’s … Read More

Changing Water Levels & Following Deer Creek Beginnings

Coincidence or synchronicity may never be known but on a stormy January day, Lisa Redfern happened to be reading a book that came highly recommended from a friend, The Diary of a Forty-Niner. It’s an engaging account of a young gold miner who worked on Rock Creek [North Bloomfield area] between 1850-1852.  At the time of the reading, part of … Read More