Category Archives: John Marsh

John Bidwell, Jailbird

John Bidwell spent November 16-18, 1841, in jail. He had gone to San Jose to get a passport, since John Marsh had neglected to get one for him. At the order of Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo, who wanted to know what … Continue reading

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John Marsh and John Bidwell

On Thursday, November 4th, 1875, John Bidwell wrote in his diary: Thirty four (34) years ago today I arrive at the ranch of Dr. John Marsh near Mt. Diablo – party consisted of 32 men l woman and child. John … Continue reading

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November 4, 1841

“Thursday, 4th. Left the river in good season and departing gradually from its timber came into large marshes of bulrushes. We saw large herds of elk and wild horses grazing upon the plain. . . . Finally we arrived at … Continue reading

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The meanest man in California

The other thing I wanted to see at the Bancroft was the manuscript of Bidwell’s 1877 dictation for Hubert Howe Bancroft, in which Bidwell recounts his experiences during his 1841 journey to California, the Mexican War, and the Gold Rush. … Continue reading

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