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Troubadour on the Road to Gold: William B. Lorton's 1849 Journal to California
edited by LeRoy Johnson and Jean Johnson
foreword by Richard L Saunders
University of Utah Press, 2020
Cloth: 978-1-60781-778-9 | Paper: 978-1-60781-779-6 | eISBN: 978-1-60781-780-2
Library of Congress Classification F593.L88 2020
Dewey Decimal Classification 979.404092

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During the California Gold Rush, many of the miners and merchants who hoped to strike it rich in California left behind letters and journals that provide valuable insights into one of the great migrations in American history. Of all the journals and diaries left behind, William B. Lorton's is perhaps the most informative and complete. Although known to historians for decades, Lorton’s journal has never been published. In this volume, LeRoy and Jean Johnson bring Lorton’s writings to life with meticulous research and commentary that broadens the context of his narrative.

Lorton’s work is revealing and entertaining. It captures glimpses of a growing Salt Lake City, the hardships of Death Valley, and the extraordinary and mundane aspects of daily life on the road to gold. With resilience and a droll sense of humor, Lorton shares accounts 
of life-threatening stampedes, dangerous hailstorms, mysteriously moving rocks, and slithering sidewinders. The inclusion of images, maps, and the editors’ detailed notes make this a volume that will entertain and inform.

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