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One of my favorite non-fiction books is Up and Down California in 1860 - 1864 by William H. Brewer.  Brewer was fielf leader of the California Geological Survey, and traveled over 14,000 miles around the state; Up and Down California collects the letters he wrote describing his trip.  Brewer and his men endured hardships from balky mules to overturned wagons, blistering heat and bitter cold, and a legislature that refused to allocate money to pay them.  

It was a fascinating point in California history: the gold rush was over, and everyone was looking for (or promoting) the next boom; large areas were still virtually unknown to white people; roads were poor to non-existent and transportation expensive and unreliable, leaving isolated communities to fend for themselves; the most productive land was in a hopeless legal tangle, the aftermath of the Mexican land grants; and the state government went bankrupt.  In reality, California was barely a state at all.  

All this, plus the Civil War.  

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of Brewer's travels, I've started a blog (Up and Down California) that follows Brewer's travels as they happen--posting excerpts from Brewer's account in real time (+150) along with present-day photos of the places Brewer describes.  There's plenty of interest for anyone who's interested in California, or history, or California history.  I hope you'll come by and check it out.


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That is a really cool concept! I will be checking in frequently.

Some years ago I read a book where the author discussed the natural history of various birds Brewer encountered during his travels in California. Can't find it or recall the title right now, but coupled with interspersed journal entries, it made for an interesting read.
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That is a really cool concept! I will be checking in frequently.

Some years ago I read a book where the author discussed the natural history of various birds Brewer encountered during his travels in California. Can't find it or recall the title right now, but coupled with interspersed journal entries, it made for an interesting read.

Thanks!  And let me know if you track that down--it sounds really interesting.  

One of the things I have in mind with this is providing a list of the plant specimens Brewer collected on any given day.  I've fallen way behind, and have a lot of catching up to do, but that's the idea anyway...


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