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The Gold Rush. Letters of Dr. James Delavan from California to the Adrian, Michigan, Expositor 1850 -1856

DELAVAN, James Quarto. original green cloth decorated and lettered in gilt. One of 487 copies. "For those who could afford the high cost, the Panama route to California in 1849 was the fastest way to the gold fields. . the United States had made preparations for awarding contracts for the transportation of mail to the Pacific coast by steamers. The route chosen for the mail was across the Isthmus of Panama. . carry the mail to Chagres in Panama, where it would be forwarded to the city of Panama on the Pacific Coast. Here another steamship line . would transport the mail to California and Oregon. The initial voyage . the steamer 'Falcon' which sailed from New York on December, 1, 1848. In the meantime the steamer 'California' owned by the contractor on the Pacific side, had sailed from New York harbor on October 6, 1848, for the long trip around Cape Horn. Heavily laden with 520 tons of coal, provisions for twelve months, and enough spare parts to build another set of engines, the speed of the 'California' was slowed considerably. In spite of that it was expected to arrive at Panama City in time to receive the mail and passengers from the 'Falcon.' . left New York with 95 passengers . President Polk delivered message to Congress . verified reports on discovery of gold in California . when left New Orleans had 193 passengers. .One of the Michigan emigrants who was able to afford the Panama route was Dr. James Delavan ." -from the foreword.

Buildings of Nevada

NICOLETTA, Julie and MORGAN, Bret 336 pages 9.6 x 6.8 x 1 inches. gray green cloth lettered in silver. Profusely illustrated with photographs by Brett Morgan. Buildings of the United States Series. "Buildings of Nevada, the latest volume in the Society of Architectural Historian's Buildings of the United States series, demonstrates how rich and interesting the subject state's built environment actually is when approached from a serious, scholarly perspective. This volume is indispensable for anyone with an interest in the built environment who lives in or visits the state. But it is also an important reference work. Together with other volumes in the series, Buildings of Nevada gives an unparalleled, in-depth view of the complex multifacted nature of what we have put on the land.".the most complete guide of its kind for Nevada. Highly recommended as a monograph and series, this will become a classic."A significant contribution.endeavoring to provide a more balanced and comprehensive view of Sin City and the Silver State." -Journal of the Society of Architectural HistoriansLandlocked, arid, and infertile, Nevada is one of the least hospitable regions in the United States. Although it is dominated by its wild landscape, Nevada boasts a colorful human history and a rich architectural heritage. This volume, the newest in the acclaimed Buildings of the United States series, offers a comprehensive tour of Nevada's highly distinctive architecture-from old ghost mining towns to the Las Vegas strip, pioneer forts to mega casinos, the silent majesty of the Hoover Dam to the quirkiness of drive-in wedding chapels. Organized by region, the book is a fascinating survey of more than 200 historic sites, including churches, courthouses, schools, homes, historic railroads, copper mines, forts, hotels, and more. Detailed descriptions set all of these diverse forms of building into social, political, historical, and stylistic context. Featuring 250 original photographs, maps, and drawings, this extraordinary volume is the most complete guide of its kind.