The Golden Highway (49) Volume II

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9780976697671: The Golden Highway (49) Volume II

The Golden Highway Volume II covers Amador, Calaveras, Tuolumne, Mariposa, and Madera Counties. It is a collection of incredible, first person stories about the 19th Century in California. Its sister book, The Golden Highway Volume I, won a Bronze Medal winner from The Independent Publisher's Association. This book chronicles the life and times of the early miners, explorers, and settlers in their own words. 276 restored 19th century photographs help readers envision the places, faces and times of the early years of California.

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Ric & Jody Hornor are the researchers and compliers of this powerful walk through history. With exception of the photo captions, the work is written entirely in the 19th century.

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Book takes a peek at the lives of Gold Rush pioneers Ric and Jody Hornor of Pilot Hill have created a fascinating illusion of time travel in their new book on the southern region of California's gold country. "The Golden Highway: Highway 49, Volume II" (19th Century Books, $22.95) offers a glimpse of Gold Rush history in Amador, Calaveras, Tuolumne, Mariposa and Madera counties through the eyes of people who lived it. Instead of telling readers what happened from a 21st-century perspective, the Hornors have compiled a narrative from words and photographs created in the 1800s. With the exception of a brief introduction and photo captions, everything in the book is taken from letters, diaries, newspapers and books written during the period. The Hornors, who worked on the book 60 to 70 hours a week for six months, reviewed 5,000 pages of primary-source material to find entries. The result is history that crackles with immediacy. Snippets flow from the page like news from yesterday's newspaper or letters from friends or relatives in the gold fields. Stories are told in the language of the day and have not been edited to make them politically correct. The same bias toward immigrant ethnic groups that was common during the Gold Rush, for example, is reflected in the text. By relying exclusively on primary-source material, the Hornors have humanized the pioneers who left their mark on California's gold country. Readers can vicariously experience the heartbreak and heroism of these individuals and are left to wonder how they might have fared if fate had destined them to live in that colorful era. --The Fresno Bee 07/12/07

Hwy. 49 focus of second tome of Gold Rush series "The Golden Highway, Highway 49, Volume I," reviewed here last November, has won a Bronze medal from Independent Publishers Association. Volume II of the series - "The Golden Highway, Highway 49, Volume II, Amador, Calaveras, Tuolumne, Mariposa, and Madera Counties" - released this June, covers the towns and counties along the southern portion of Highway 49 during the California Gold Rush. Jody and Ric Hornor of 19th Century Books in nearby Pilot Hill continue their chronicle of the Gold Rush years in the manner of their earlier work, with a compilation of the words and photographs of the miners and others who lived, mined and died in their quest to "strike it rich." Gleaned from documents and personal histories, the narrative comes alive in the language of the 19th Century. As the text and photographs point out, two absolutes in the search for gold were a dependable source of water and an abundant supply of timberland. The foothills of the Sierra Nevada had both, but the forests and rivers paid a high price. A comment from the book: "Even now, after the lapse of a third of a century, and the desecration of land, the defilement of water-courses, and the annihilation of forests, . . one may lament the work of the pioneers that has destroyed so much of beauty while building up a great and glorious State." The book is a banquet of information best enjoyed in several courses, county by county, along Highway 49. The bibliography is a veritable gold mine of personal sources, and the photographic restorations are superb. Visit www.19thCentury.us or call (800) 989-8112 for more information. --The Union 07/12/07

Relive California's history in 'The Golden Highway' Living in Amador County can sometimes feel like taking a step back in time to the true Gold Country, but local publisher Electric-Canvas is hoping to do even better with its new book, "The Golden Highway: Highway 49, Volume II." The second in a series on Highway 49, and third in the "Golden History" series, the book takes a novel approach - the text is compiled from actual documents created in the time period. Filled with excerpts from newspapers and personal correspondence, "The Golden Highway," launches readers back 150 years to the Gold Rush. The book also contains hundreds of restored vintage photographs, collected from museums and private collections with emphasis on previously unpublished finds. This approach to historical writing has not gone unnoticed by critics and the "Golden History" series has claimed awards from the Independent Publisher magazine, and the Sacramento Historical Society. Copies of "Golden Highway" can be found at Raley's supermarkets and online at www.19thcentury.us/Gold. --Amador Ledger Dispatch 07/20/07

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