Letters from California
Letters from Bangor, Big Oak Flat, Bear Valley, Big Bar, Bloomfield, and Bondville.
No. 716 Sent to David Brown in Downieville, California. Taken by U.S. mail from Bangor, California, and dated August 30, 1866.
No. 717 Sent to Miss Sarah E. Chamberlain in Townsend, Wisconsin. Taken by U.S. mail from Big Oak Flat, California. On the back is a note to Sarah “To others give thy brightest smiles But keep thy tears for me.”
No. 718 Sent to George Pennock in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from Samuel Sellers in Bear Valley, California. Taken by U.S. mail from Bear Valley and received November 1, 1860.
No. 719 Sent to J. Kimball Darling in Bear Valley, California. Taken by U.S. mail from East Corinth, New York.
No. 720 Sent to Dr. J. W. Compton in Knottsville, Kentucky. Taken by U.S. mail from Big Bar, California. Inside is a letter from John G. Pate to his brother in Uniontown, California, dated July 22, 1852. Not knowing what to do or where to go he writes “The thought of settling in that unhealthy country is more than I can bare and the thought of settling in this country away from my relations and friends is almost too much.”
No. 721 Sent to Liberty C. Bartlett in Big Bar, California, which existed in 1851-1853, but is a ghost town today. Sent by U.S. mail from Three Creeks “Overland via Los Angeles.”
No. 722 Sent from A. B. Glover to Ballard and Hall in San Francisco, California. Taken by U.S. mail from Bloomfield, California.
No. 723 Sent to Rebecca Cosuth in South Ryegate, Vermont.
Photograph of Oso Hotel, Fremont’s headquarters, in Bear Valley, California, 1930s.