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George W. Bryan, Recollections of a California Pioneer

The long progress of one pioneer family


George W. Bryan , a native of Indiana, traveled with his parents to California in 1853 and lived there for the rest of his life. This narrative was written in 1911 as he reflected back on his travels to the west and living on a ranch near Sacramento. This recollection, tinged with philosophical wandering, aspired to engage the imaginations of young readers. It reveals the dreams of he and his family and illuminates the reasons some pioneers came the West Coast in the middle of the 19th Century.

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George W. Bryan (b. ca. 1844) of Indiana was living in Los Angeles when he wrote this book. The lure of the past (1911) begins with the story of his kinfolk William E. Bryan and his wife Mary, who left Carthage, Kentucky for an overland journey to California in 1853. He describes their life on a ranch near Virginia Flat, Eldorado County, before movng on to a ranch outside Sacramento. Next come Bryan's philosophical musings and reminiscences of Indiana and an account of a rail journey from Indianapolis to California, with stops at San Francisco, Oakland, Los Angeles, Pasadena, and Riverside.
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 •  Frank Moore, Reminiscences of St. Paul, Minnesota  Reminiscences of Pioneer Days in St. Paul from the perspective of a newspaper writer.
 •  Michigan Pioneer Society Collections Report, Vol. 12  A collection of several kinds of important historical documents published by the Michigan Pioneer and Historical Society.
 •  Minnie Carrigan, Captured by the Indians  Recollections by a Minnesota pioneer of capture by Indians
 •  Burrard District, British Columbia Census, 1901: Coast District and Vancouver City  An extraction from the Burrard District, British Columbia 1901 census for the Coast District and Vancouver City.
 •  Walter Colton, Three Years in California, 1846-49  The 1846-1849 journal of Walter Colton, member of California's high society
 •  Felix Wierzbicki, California Guidebook, 1849  A straightforward guide book to California's 1849 gold fields
 •  William H. Davis, Seventy-Five Years in California  Seventy-five years in California as recounted and observed by one prominent citizen

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