James Stark, early Californian actor, gold speculator and brilliant personality. c. 1850. (Bancroft Library).

Christopher Plummer look alike, James Stark, early Californian actor, gold speculator and brilliant personality.

“David Hobby who went to California at the time of the gold fever in 1847. He always wore his hair long…”

[daguerreotype portrait of David Hobby] Note included: “David Hobby who went to California at the time of the gold fever in He always wore his hair long& via the Daguerreian Society, Matthew R.

Capt. John A. Sutter.  Sutter owned the property on which gold was first discovered in California, leading to the California gold rush.

Sutter owned the property on which gold was first discovered in California, leading to the California gold rush.

Occupational Photographs

Unidentified photographer Straw-hatted miner with pick, pan and shovel 1852 (ca) Daguerreotype, plate Collection Matthew R.

After one of the frequent fires that ravaged San Francisco, in May 1850, the mercantile firm of E. Mickle & Co. purchased the General Harrison to serve as a “storeship,” or floating warehouse. In 1851, however, San Francisco again caught fire: engulfing whole streets, the flames crumbled supposedly “fire proof” brick buildings and swept under the wharves. More than 2,000 buildings were lost, including the storeships Niantic, Apollo, and General Harrison.

After one of the frequent fires that ravaged San Francisco, in May 1850, the mercantile firm of E. Mickle & Co. purchased the General Harrison to serve as a “storeship,” or floating warehouse. In 1851, however, San Francisco again caught fire: engulfing whole streets, the flames crumbled supposedly “fire proof” brick buildings and swept under the wharves. More than 2,000 buildings were lost, including the storeships Niantic, Apollo, and General Harrison.

"On September 17,1859, Joshua Norton of San Francisco proclaimed himself Emperor of the United States."When I was a child, The Chronicle ran a contest called,"Find Emperor Norton's Treasure"  We, Mom,Dad,Joan, and Joe almost did.  A fence and 30 feet more and we would have.

'Norton the First: America's Emperor,' A Documentary About Century San Francisco Eccentric Emperor Norton

[Unidentified man with gold mining equipment and wearing a U.S. beltplate], c. 1865. Library of Congress

[Unidentified man with gold mining equipment and wearing a U. beltplate], c. Library of Congress

Joshua Crockett Bartlett California Gold Miner from Maine Buddy Daguerreotype | eBay

Joshua Crockett Bartlett California Gold Miner from Maine Buddy Daguerreotype

(c.1850s) Mining Scene

Daguerreotype images and those of other early processes

Fulton  -- early california actor

[daguerreotype portrait of Fulton, an early San Francisco actor] via the Online Archive of California, UC Berkeley, Bancroft Library, Zelda Mackay Pictorial Collection

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