A California Valentine

In the great bachelor party that was Gold Rush California, women were scarce. Here’s a cartoon of the era that gives an idea of how rare and sought-after a pretty young lady could be.

Do any of those men look to be a likely choice for a Valentine? Here is a closer look—

(Artist unknown, published by W.J. Morgan & Co., Cleveland, Ohio)

About nancyleek

Nancy is a retired librarian who lives in Chico, California. She is the author of John Bidwell: The Adventurous Life of a California Pioneer.
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