San Francisco's Literary Frontier

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CHAPTER I
A PRECOCIOUS FRONTIER

THE Golden Era appeared a day early that week so that its issue would commemorate the driving of the spike which would mark the completion of the transcontinental railroad. On Saturday, May 8th, 1869, San Francisco was buzzing with excitement, making her preparations for "the greatest and brightest day" in her annals. Plans were completed for the longest parade in the history of that parade-loving city. The guns at Fort Point were loaded and primed -- set to volley when the big moment arrived. Bells were rigged up to peal when the momentous taps were transmitted over the telegraph from Nevada. Judge Nathaniel Bennett, orator of the occasion, was rehearsing his speech, ready to deliver it to the portion of the crowd that would be able to elbow its way into the Mechanics Pavilion, the largest hall in the city. The honorable Frank Soulé was prepared to declaim the poem of the day. The Reverend Dr. Cox had memorized his invocation.

Then came the news that the train bringing the delegation of the Union Pacific to the end of the track in Nevada had been delayed by floods and creditors and that the East would hold up the West for two more days. For a moment San Francisco

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Table of contents

  • Good Books About the Pacific Coast *
  • Title Page i
  • Contents ix
  • Chapter I A Precocious Frontier 3
  • Chapter II The Fifties 17
  • Chapter III ɣ Apprentice Days 55
  • Chapter IV Washoe Silver and the Civil War 89
  • Chapter V The Golden Era 116
  • Chapter VI U+263 Visitors 146
  • Chapter VII Polite Literature and Ghosts 176
  • Chapter VIII A Rash of Poetry 207
  • Chapter IX The Town Crier 237
  • Chapter X The Overland Monthly 256
  • Chapter XI - Practical Literature 284
  • Chapter XII From Gold Gulch to Parnassus 316
  • Chapter XIII Epilogue 351
  • Bibliography 363
  • Notes and References 371
  • Index i
  • A Note on the Type In Which This Book is Set *
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