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  • California '46 to '88;


  • Jacob Wright Harlan (b. 1828) grew up in Indiana and moved to Michigan where he joined an uncle who organized a wagon train to California in 1845. California '46 to '88 (1888) contains Harlan's memories of his overland journey to California in 1846, acquaintance with rescuers and survivors of the Reid and Donner Parties, Frémont's battalion in 1846-1847, San Francisco milk and livery businesses, storekeeping in gold camps near Coloma and Sonora, farming and ranching in and near San José, San Joaquín Valley, Alameda, and Choloma Valley. He then recalls his second overland trip to California, 1853, as part of cattle drive and real estate development in San Leandro.


  • Harlan, Jacob Wright, 1828-

Created / Published

  • San Francisco, The Bancroft company, 1888.


  • -  California--History
  • -  California--Social life and customs
  • -  Overland journeys to the Pacific
  • -  Donner party
  • -  Urbanization--California
  • -  Real estate development--California
  • -  Mines and mineral resources--California
  • -  Agriculture--California
  • -  Business--California


  • -  The writer crossed the plains in 1846, part of the way with the Donner party.
  • -  Also available in digital form on the Library of Congress Web site.


  • 242 p. front. (port.) 23 cm.

Call Number/Physical Location

  • F864 .H28
  • F864 .H28 Copy 2 Copy 2.

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • rc01000792

Rights Advisory

  • No known restrictions on publication.

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  • pdf
  • online text

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"California as I Saw It:" First-Person Narratives of California's Early Years, 1849-1900.

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Chicago citation style:

Harlan, Jacob Wright. California '46 to '88. San Francisco, The Bancroft company, 1888. Pdf.

APA citation style:

Harlan, J. W. (1888) California '46 to '88. San Francisco, The Bancroft company. [Pdf] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Harlan, Jacob Wright. California '46 to '88. San Francisco, The Bancroft company, 1888. Pdf. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.