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Journal of Western Travel

by John McTurk Gibson
edited by Weldon Hoppe
September 10th, 1859 -- Four miles further and we call a halt for a short time in Coloma where gold was first discovered in California. This is a neat and thriving village but has evidently seen its palmiest days. This is the second day of the County fair, being the first effort of the kind. Abundance of fruit on exhibition, peaches 17 oz. in weight, apples 23 oz., plums 6 lbs. in one cluster, grapes ditto and every thing else in proportion, not even babies excepted. After feeding and looking at the curiosities, we again started out, passing Uniontown where there is a toll-bridge across the South Fork, fare $1.25. Here Kay made the first strike for work, and found employment for himself, Harper and me at $3.00 per day.

Copyright © 1997 Weldon Hoppe
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