Category Archives: Luzena Stanley Wilson

Prices in the Gold Rush

It’s no wonder that Luzena was amazed when a miner offered her a $5 gold piece, “ma’am, for them biscuit.” According to Measuring Worth, $5 in 1849 was worth at least $157 dollars. A man might work a week for … Continue reading

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Luzena in California (at last!)

Luzena Wilson finally made it to the crowded tent city around Sacramento. There she encountered men who were lonesome for the comforts of home. It was almost dusk of the last day of September, 1849, that we reached the end … Continue reading

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The Hard March over the 40-Mile Desert

We rejoin Luzena Stanley Wilson on her overland journey to California– It was a hard march over the desert. The men were tired out, goading on the poor oxen which seemed ready to drop at every step. They were covered … Continue reading

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Lightening the Load

Wagon train pioneers inevitably had to lighten their loads. First to go were heavy items like the rocking chair and the cast iron stove. Some emigrants took equipment that they thought would pay off in their new home, like pickaxes … Continue reading

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Monotony and Peril

Nothing but actual experience will give one an idea of the plodding, unvarying monotony, the vexations, the exhaustive energy, the throbs of hope, the depths of despair, through which we lived. Day after day, week after week, we went through … Continue reading

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