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San Francisco History 1846-1864

“Ranch and Mission Days in Alta California,” by Guadalupe Vallejo
1846 – First Election in Yerba Buena
1846 – Capt. Montgomery Ends Indian Slavery
1846 – Gen. Fremont and the Bear Flag Revolt
1846 – The California Bear Flag
1846-1848 – Mexican War and the Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo
“Life in California Before the Discovery of Gold,” by John Bidwell
Yerba Buena – Before the Gold Rush
1846 – Lithograph of Yerba Buena
1846 – The Brooklyn Arrives at Yerba Buena
San Francisco Gold Rush Chronology 1846 – 1849
1847 – William T. Sherman and California Before the Gold Rush
1847 – News of the Donner Party Reaches San Francisco
1847 – Order Changing the Name of Yerba Buena
1848 – “Discovery of Gold in California,” by John A. Sutter
1848 – “Capt. Sutter describes the Gold Discovery,” by John A. Sutter
1848 – William T. Sherman and the Gold Rush
1848 – Military Governor Mason’s Report on the Discovery of Gold
1848 – Thomas Larkin Writes of the Gold Discovery
1848 – “A Rush to the Gold Washings,” from the California Star
1849 – Street Map of San Francisco
1849 – First of Six Great Fires
1849 – Notice: Important Meeting to Form a Fire Department
1849 – The Gold Rush and Anti-Chinese Race Hatred
1849 – From the Diary of Alvin Coffey, African American '49er
History of San Francisco Gold Rush-era Street Names, by Henry C. Carlisle

1849 – San Francisco Gold Rush Banking
1849 – San Francisco’s First Brick Building
1849 – Miner’s Ten Commandments
1849 – Commandments from a Miner’s Wife
1849 – Gold Hunter’s Farewell to his Wife
1849 – California Constitution


1850 – Gold Rush Stories of Pioneer Women
1850 – “Discovery of Gold as Viewed in New York and London,” by Dean Albertson
1850 – “San Francisco at Statehood,” by Katherine Chandler
1850 – Slavery and California Statehood by Rockwell D. Hunt
San Francisco Gold Rush Chronology 1850 – 1851
San Francisco Churches of the 1850s
1851 – Panorama of San Francisco (Requires Quicktime)
Map of the May 1851 Great Fire
Eyewitness to the Sixth Great Fire of June 1851
1851 – First Committee of Vigilance
Gold Mining Along the Klamath and the 1851 Indian Massacre
1852 – Ulysses S. Grant and the California Gold Rush
1852 – Execution of Jose Forner on Russian Hill
San Francisco Gold Rush Chronology 1852 – 1854
1853 – Construction of Fort Point Begins
1853 – Founding of the California Academy of Sciences
1854 – Gold Rush Mail Service
San Francisco Gold Rush Chronology 1855 – 1856
1856 – Committee of Vigilance
1856 – The Hanging of Cora and Casey
1856 – Funeral of James King of William
1856 – Committee of Vigilance Proclamation
1856 – Judge David Terry Stabs a Vigilance Committee Policeman
1856 – Memoirs of a Vigilance Committee Member
1856 – Gen. Sherman and the Committee of Vigilance
1856 – San Francisco Facilities in the 50’s
1856 – Tour of San Francisco
1856 – San Francisco’s New Steam Fire-Engine
1856 – Turnverein's May Festival
1857 – The Miner’s Song
1857 – “A Practical Plan for the Pacific Railroad,” by Theodore Judah

1857 – Sam Brannan Opens New Bank
San Francisco Gold Rush Chronology 1857 – 1861
1859 – A Tour to the Mission Dolores and Fort Point
1859 – Memorial to the Late Sen. David Broderick
1860 – Founding of the Pony Express
1860 – Chinese Miners in the Gold Fields
1860 – First Mining Journal of the Pacific Coast
1861 – San Francisco and the Civil War, by Charles B. Turrill
1862 – California’s Anti-Coolie Tax
1863 – Death of Lazarus, Emperor Norton’s Dog
1864 – A Gold Rush Poem
1864 – The United States Mint location at Fifth and Mission Streets
San Francisco Gold Rush Chronology 1862 – 1865
Continue to San Francisco History 1865-1900