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Letters from California

See letters sent from the California towns of Alpha, Alvarado, American Ranch, and Auburn.

No. 700 Sent to Mrs. Frederic Shaw in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Taken by U.S. mail from Alpha, California. The town of Alpha no longer exists, but these letters show that it was once a bustling town.

No. 701 Sent to Mrs. Frederic Shaw in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Taken by U.S. mail from Alpha, an unsuccessful quartz camp above Nevada City.

No. 702 Sent to James Hough in Fair Grove, North Carolina, and dated October 17, 1853. Taken by U.S. mail from Alvarado, California.

No. 703 Sent to Rosborough and Berry in Yreka City, California. Taken by U.S. mail from American Ranch, now called Anderson, and received September 17, 1860.

No. 704 Sent to Mrs. Cynthia Hewitt in Auburn, New York. Taken by U.S. mail from Auburn, California. Inside is a letter dated July 31, 1853, from George Hewitt in Michigan City, California.

No. 705 Sent to Mrs. Jane Sturges in Fairfield, Connecticut. Taken by U.S. mail from Auburn, California.

No. 706 Sent to Mrs. Lucy Brooks in Barnard, Vermont. Taken by U.S. mail from Auburn, California.

No. 707 Sent to Mrs. Lucy Brooks in Gaysville, Vermont. Taken from Auburn, California by U.S. mail east via stage along the Butterfield Route: “Overland—Via Visalia; Fort Tejon; Los Angeles; Fort Yuma; El Paso & Fort Smith.” Postmark dated Feb. 1, 1860.

Photograph of “the Old Corner” in Auburn, California, 1930s.

Photograph of Old Town in Auburn, California, 1930s.