Court Documents from Ghost Towns in Nevada County, California, 1859...
by Manuscript Archive; California; Nevada County
1859. Legal Documents Tracing the History of Several Gold-Rush Era California Ghost Towns [Manuscript Archive]. [California]. [Nevada County]. [Court Documents from Ghost Towns in Nevada County, California]. Bloomfield Township, Washington Township, Little York, Eureka Township and Forest Spring, CA, 1859-1861. 241 manuscript and part-printed documents, ranging in size from 3" x 7-1/2" to 8-1/2" x 13," containing nearly 400 manuscript pages in ink. Moderate toning, creasing to most items, some items have chipping and edgewear to extremities, a few have light stains. Items in clear vinyl envelopes housed in two three-ring binders. * The onset of the Gold Rush near Sacramento, California in 1849 spurred interest in exploring other regions of California for gold and other minerals. Quartz gold was discovered in the Grass Valley of Nevada County, which attracted many settlers to the region. The booming population created a need for lumber and other building materials to create housing and infrastructure for the growing number of residents, which led to the establishment of sawmills and the purchase of dry goods. Our archive of documents from the Nevada County Court and the justice's courts from what are now ghost towns in Nevada County near Grass Valley comprise a fascinating resource for research into the final years of the Gold Rush era. These are mostly subpoenas, bonds, affidavits, appeals, attachments and summonses related to outstanding loans and overdue payments. Several cases are related to sawmills and their owners, including J.C. Broderick and Louis Voss. A few address taxes to support local schools. Taken together, the archive documents the waning of the Gold Rush period in the Grass Valley region and its effects on Bloomfield Township, Washington Township, Little York, Eureka Township and Forest Spring. (Inventory #: 65252)
Law & Legal History, International Law, Trials, Americana, Criminology, Early Printed Law Books, Legal Ephemera, Manuscripts: Law, Political Science
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