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Up and Down California in 1860-1864: The Journal of William H. Brewer, Fourth Edition, with Maps 4th Edition

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"Like a trip in a time machine--intimate, vivid, and full of adventure and discoveries."--Tom Stienstra, "San Francisco Chronicle"

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"By 1864 no one knew California better than Brewer. Contemporary readers can once again feel the thrill of being with him as he saw California for the first time and found a place truly commensurate with his capacity for wonder."—Kevin Starr, State Librarian of California
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 628 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; 4 edition (February 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520238656
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520238657
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #599,259 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Kurt Harding VINE VOICE on November 30, 2006
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I bought this book last summer in Lee Vining CA while on a trip through the Eastern Sierra and after reading it found myself looking at California with new eyes.

One reviewer said that even those who are not Californians will enjoy this book. True enough, but I think that the reader who has a detailed knowledge of the geography of the state will come away from Up And Down California In 1860-1864 with a much greater appreciation for Brewer's accomplishments. I know California very well, and as I read along, I could picture nearly every place Brewer described in my mind's eye because I had been at those places myself.

This book is a riveting and thoroughly absorbing glimpse of the California that was. Brewer's style is informative, entertaining, and not bogged down by political correctness. He calls things as he sees them and gives the reader not only a physical description of his journeys with all their pleasures and hardships, but also a good look at the way people lived and rubbed along with one another in what was then a brave new world. His journeys covered most of the state save the Mojave/Colorado deserts, the San Diego area, the extreme Northeast, and the area between what is now Healdsburg and Eureka. Some of the places he does go are remote still today, such as the area of the New Idria mines in present San Benito County and the still wild Southern Sierra along the upper reaches of the Kern River.

I recommend Brewer's journal to all who have an abiding love for the diverse state that is California. After reading it, you will see the state with new eyes every time you take a road trip along its byways.
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I loved this book, and have started giving copies as gifts. The synopsis explains well what it is, so I won't go into that. But the style is both easy and intelligent, an easy yet rewarding read. Brewer's writing sounds like you're sitting down to a cup of coffee with this guy as he tells you these great stories (not 'tall tales' though.)

I also loved the format, since it is a collection of letters. It allowed me to pick up the book and read 1 page or 20 pages depending on how much time I had, where I was etc. It's Ok to put it down for a week or more, but then you can jump right back in.

It is a 'long' book, but there's no compulsion to read it straight through, you can meander through this book over days, weeks or months, or 'real-time' in years even, that's how his family and friends experienced it.

If you live anywhere in California where Brewer went, or if you've visited there, it is fascinating to hear his descriptions of the places from 150 years before.

I can't rave enough about this book!
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Through the letters sent to his brother on the east coast, William Brewer leaves behind a first person account of an emerging state. From traveling through Los Angeles in 1860 describing it as a town of 3500 people in adobe homes, to the high Sierra scrambles through a vast wilderness he gives the reader a glimpse into a California long forgotten. A wonderful book to read and ponder over.
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I bought this book upon recommendation of a friend, and found it absolutely fascinating. As a native Californian that knows the state very well, this book gave me insight in what it was like before 45 million people lived here! Many of the place names are still in use - but now the places are covered with highways, homes, and shopping centers! I have seen California grow a lot in the last 60 years, and this adds to that perspective! While there are a few spots yet in California that would look the same to Brewer today as they did in the 1860's, he would be shocked at what has happened. I especially liked some of his opinions about Los Angeles and the Central Valley!
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The author William H. Brewer conducted a geological survey of California. The author of the book was a Yale graduate and a New York state native. He lost his wife and newborn son. He accepted an offer from California geologist Josiah Whitney to assist in a geological survey. In August 1861, William Brewer and his friend Laurentine Hamilton who was then a minister climbed to the top of a then-unnamed peak East of San Jose with another member of the geological survey, Charles Hoffman. The 4216 foot peak is now known as Mount Hamilton, named after the minister, Mr. Hamilton. Mr. Hamilton began an independent parish in Oakland and collapsed in the pulpit on the Easter Sunday in the year of 1882. Mr. Hamilton’s son, Edward H. Hamilton, later became a prominent reporter for the Hearst newspapers.
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By skip on November 25, 2015
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It is almost as if you were there at the time hiking up those mountains with the surveyors. And you can dig out many interesting little tidbits of historical facts between the covers! Who knew LA had more murders per capita in 1861 than they do now!
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I have not finished reading it yet but I find it very interesting. I was born and raised in California and lived there until my late twenties in various regions. The descriptions of the areas are remarkably similar to what is found today, in spite of the population growth. I will pass this book on to my sons who live in Cali,...maybe. Or I might buy them their own copies!
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