Monthly Archives: March 2017

Nicholas “Cheyenne” Dawson Heads for Home

In the spring I began to think of home, sweet home. I put my Stockton lots in the hands of an agent, sold part of my teams, and left the rest in charge of John Crow. I had now about … Continue reading

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Dawson in the Gold Rush

Nicholas “Cheyenne” Dawson and his three comrades were not getting rich at gold digging. So they decided to try a new occupation–droving. Droving meant going down to the ranches and buying up cattle to herd back to the mines. Dawson … Continue reading

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Nicholas Dawson in ’49

After spending almost three years in California, Nicholas Dawson returned to the States by way of Mexico. He went back to Arkansas, where he had formerly taught school, and there he found a former pupil, Margaret Wright, who was now … Continue reading

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Nicholas Dawson — Hunting Otter on the Santa Barbaras

Nicholas “Cheyenne” Dawson spent about a year at Santa Cruz keeping store and supervising the shipping of redwood lumber for Job Dye. The business wasn’t making money, so Dye closed the store. He decided to try otter hunting instead and … Continue reading

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Breaking News (1848)

On this day in 1848 The Californian newspaper of San Francisco broke the news of gold discovery.   Gold Mine Found. –In the newly made raceway of the Saw Mill recently erected by Captain Sutter, on the American Fork, gold … Continue reading

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Nicholas “Cheyenne” Dawson in California, part 8

If you were an American coming to California in the 1840s, where did you go to find a job? If you were a hunter or trapper or cowboy, like many of the men in that first emigrant train, you went … Continue reading

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A Miner Forty-Niner and his Blue Jeans

Randy Taylor will recognize this advertisement for Coats’ thread. I bought it yesterday at the Chico Bottle Show. I don’t collect bottles, but I think they are interesting and pretty, so I stopped by the show. What I do like, … Continue reading

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