A book considered one of the most important recent contributions to Gold Rush history is the subject of this months Nevada County Historical Society’s Speaker Night presentation Thursday night, April 18.
The Gold Rush Letters of E. Allen Grosh and Hosea B. Grosh, based on 80 letters sent from California to their father in Pennsylvania speaks of the hopes and frustrations of two young Argonauts who were eternally optimistic as they sought gold on Nevada County’s Deer Creek, then went on to announce the discovery of Silver in what was then the Utah Territory.
Co editor Bob Stewart says The letters were considered lost but recently discovered and purchased by Nevada for a Quarter of a million dollars. Stewart and Jones provide extensive annotations and editing of the 80 letters and James provided some 400 notes which add clarity to the letters.
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It is very much a story of the Gold Rush, and their Comstock adventures come in the last years before Hosea died on the east side of the Sierra, and Ethan Allen Grosh tried a November trans-Sierra hike, only to die at lonely Last Chance, in the mountains southeast of Auburn.
James, author of a number of books on Nevada history, recently retired as Nevada Historic Preservation Officer. Stewart is recognized in Nevada as a meticulous historical researcher. Copies of the book, published by the University of Nevada Press in 2012, will be available for purchase, and both editors will be signing after the discussion.
Nevada County Historical Society Speaker Night is Thursday evening April 18th at the Madelyn Helling Library community room beginning at 7pm. The event is free and open to the public.