Preview the Chapters
Before the Gold Rush
Chapter 1: Sutter's Fort 1843 - 1846
Chapter 2: The Discovery of Gold
Chapter 3. The Beginning of Sacramento
Chapter 4: The Squatter's Riots
Chapter 5: Navigation
Chapter 6: Floods & Levees
Chapter 7: Fires & Fire Department
Chapter 8: Public Buildings
Chapter 9: Manufacturers
Chapter 10: Agriculture
Chapter 11: Railroads
Chapter 12: Stage Lines, Hotels, Bridges & Express
Chapter 13: Sutter
Chapter 14: Brighton & Center
Chapter 15: Granite (Folsom)
Chapter 16: Mississippi & Natoma (Fair Oaks)
Chapter 17: Lee, Cosumnes & Alabama
Chapter 18: San Joaquin & Dry Creek (Elk Grove, Galt)
Chapter 19: American, Georgian & Franklin
Bibliography & Index:
"...Like the previous four, this book,
"The Golden Hub" is wonderful reading and since it
is in the words of the people who lived in the 19th century, it carries
the reader back to that time like no other book.
If you enjoy California history or even just
wonder what life was like in the early days of the state, this is
a book you need to have."
July 31, 2008
"...The Hornor books are fun
to look at and read, I find. They really do convey well the
tenor of the times and personalities of the colorful denizens of
the Mother Load..."
July 24, 2008
Includes including Folsom, Fair Oaks, Galt, Elk Grove and surrounding
Pages: 312 Photos: 280
with $45+ purchase
Publisher Introduces New Sacramento Book
May 28, 2008 – Pilot Hill, CA – The
new, 312 page book, The Golden Hub – Sacramento is published
in the Highway 49 Gold Rush town of Pilot Hill, only 40 miles from
downtown Sacramento. The Golden Hub chronicles the birth and
development of Sacramento City and County from Johan Sutter's 1839 New
Helvetia and through the Gold Rush to the end of the 19th century.
Publisher Electric Canvas, using the imprint of 19th Century Books,
has found new gold in the Mother Lode with this, their fifth book in a
series focusing on 19th century California.
"...Fascinating stuff for time travelers."
July 20, 2008
"...Anyone who enjoys "seeing" history as well as
reading about it will thoroughly enjoy this book and the other four
in the series..."
July 17, 2008
The Golden Corridor and The Golden Hub use in
Folsom History Bee -- Sacramento Bee features
3, 2009 feature
Ric and Jody
Hornor of Pilot Hill have compiled a fascinating 19th
Century history of Sacramento and its surrounding townships.
Much of the content comes from more
than 5,000 source documents: newspaper articles, letters, diary
entries, manuscripts and legal papers. The book also has several
hundred restored photographs by 19th Century photographers that were
gleaned from libraries and private collections.
You'll learn from first-hand
accounts about gold rush days, railroads, lynchings and
squatters riots. It turns out that the McClatchys, founders of the
newspaper dynasty, were once in the distillery business. And there's
an account by a hunter who encountered a grizzly bear that was
chasing a mule - and then the bruin turned its attention to the
Prior to statehood, Capt. John
Sutter's squabbles with the military government in Monterey
make interesting reading. Sutter needed settlers on
his land grant and wasn't picky.
One entry says Sutter
"had encouraged all the stragglers in the country to flock to
his central position, and they being chiefly unmarried men, and some
rather lawless spirits from the mountains, they soon formed a very
independent set of men, and were quite competent to defend
themselves. The Military Government at Monterey ... was prompted to
send to Captain Sutter a committee of
investigation. The Captain was so enraged at the indignity that he
treated the committee with great contempt ...Whereupon the
Government at Monterey threatened to send a military force, but
thought better of the matter when they learned the character of the
men Sutter had about him."
Stephen Green, Capital
Morning Report, Sept. 25, 2008