Gold Rush Glimpses Updates & News










Californian May Have Been the First Woman to Vote in a National Election (story)

Historian Craig MacDonald wrote the first nationally-published book on Charley Parkhurst in 1973: "Cockeyed Charley Parkhurst--The West's Most Unusual Stagewhip," Filter Press Wild and Woolly West Books.

CALIFORNIA STATE LIBRARY Selects "Old West Christmas-Tales with a Twist" BOOK OF THE WEEK, Dec. 18, 2017


  • Old West Wow! (unknown, unusual and strange stories from the Old West)
  • Ulysses S. Grant Out West
  • The Rebel Reverend (James Caldwell), an American Revolution Hero

An Excerpt from John Poimiroo’s Book Review in the MOUNTAIN DEMOCRAT, an El Dorado County, CA Newspaper, published since 1851.


“Old West Christmas, Tales with a Twist”


“This entertaining book has arrived just in time for the holidays, and for anyone interested in El Dorado County tales, it is as full as a Christmas stocking with them…The true stories reflect the hard times, loneliness and disappointment that existed during the  Gold Rush but they also inspire hope in the redemptive spirit of the season…and cheer for a better tomorrow…There’s even humor, intrigue and deceit…Each story’s accompanied by lively and colorful illustrations by well-known painter Bill Anderson that add a style to the full color book, which also has Old West recipes and poetry. The author is an old hand at spinning such gripping yarns and he does it in the best style of western story telling. There lies within each story a twist, surprising turns that make the book a must read.”