Book chronicles Sacramento's development
This is the
fifth book by Jody and Ric Hornor focusing on 19th century California. The
first four, "The Golden Corridor," "The Golden Quest and
Nevada's Silver Heritage," "The Golden Highway, Volume I: El
Dorado, Placer, Nevada, and Sierra Counties" and "The Golden
Highway, Highway 49, Volume II: Amador, Calaveras, Tuolumne, Mariposa
(including Yosemite) and Madera Counties," talked about the towns of
the Mother Lode and became best sellers almost immediately. The same is
expected for this one.
"The Golden Hub" chronicles and birth and
development of Sacramento City and County from Sutter's 1939 New Helvetia
through the Gold Rush to the end of the 19th century. Because it was the
transportation center for the area, this indeed was the "Golden
Hub" during the Gold Rush and even after, when California was
These books are unique in that they are a compilation
of works written by the people who were there instead of a rewrite or
interpretation of history as is found in most history books.
"The language of the 19th century pioneers and
miners is much more colorful than today's language," noted Jody
Hornor, one half of the husband and wife team that produces these unique
"Whether it's Sir Henry conveying his disgust at
'spittoons ... the very sight of which invites discharge from an American
mouth,' or John Bidwell having a coyote's 'lights' for breakfast, these
books reflect actual events told by the people who experienced then,"
"The only thing we write," continued Hornor,
"are the photo captions. Everything else comes straight from 19th
century documents, preserving the colorful vernacular for the reader to
Other wonderful elements of the books include side
bars on every page with anecdotes, crime stories, letters from early
settlers and entries from early pioneers' and miners' diaries and journals.
There are also articles from local newspapers of that era.
One very special thing about this book and the previous
books are the photos on each page, garnered from museums and private
collections and lovingly restored by Ric Hornor.
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
In addition to these five books, Jody is the author of 6
books on marketing including the best seller "Power Marketing for
As a consultant, Jody has worked with hundreds of
different clients over her 25 year plus career. From start-ups to
companies preparing for an IPO, to small local retailers, she's helped
them develop and implement strategic marketing programs that enabled them
to meet and exceed their goals. She also hosted a radio talk show in
Sacramento and had a regular segment on a TV business show as well.
Ric is a Sacramento native and graduate of California
State University, Sacramento. He went on to complete his masters of fine
art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. As a fine artist, Ric
has many corporate collectors of his work including: MCI International,
ADP, Trammel Crow, Sprint, Kaiser Permanente, RCA Global Communications
and the Sarnoff Research Center, just to mention a few. He also taught new
media at two highly prestigious universities: Pratt Institute, and the
Center for Media Arts. You may see the result of his teaching in many
movie and TV show special effects as some of his students have gone on to
become the top special effects people in the industry. Ric has received
numerous honors and awards for his work.