Gilded Footnotes: November 11, 1897 – DRIVES IN THE SPIKE OF GOLD

November 11, 2014 § Leave a comment

I still have yet to come down on the official namingĀ of this new series, but let this be the second post in “Gilded Footnotes” an expression of news of the day in 1890s San Francisco and California. The purpose is one part research and one part curatorial.

From the San Francisco Call, November 11, 1897: [1]

DRIVES IN THE SPIKE OF GOLD, reads the headline:

Sierra Railway Christened by Prince Poniatowski – Jamestown Enjoys a Holiday – Five Thousand People Celebrate the Completion of the Line – Oratory, A Dance and Fireworks – Head of the Company Presents a Money Gift to the Terminal City’s School

On November 10, “The golden spike was driven…signaling the completion of the line to” Jamestown, California – some 45 miles northeast of the Central Valley town of Modesto, California. More than 5000 people attend the celebration, and according to the Call, “never before did the streets of Jamestown present such an animated appearance. This would be the first major rail line into the heart of the southern region of Gold Country – just a few miles from the Tuolumne County seat of Sonora. The Sierra Road would connect Oakdale to Emery, Warnerville, Coopertown, Don Pedro, Chinese Camp, Montezuma, all the way to Jamestown. (see map)

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Gilded Footnotes: November 8, 1897: MERCANTILE MEN OPPOSE ANNEXATION

November 8, 2014 § Leave a comment

This is the inaugural post of a new series which will look at news articles published in San Francisco from the 1890s.

From the San Francisco Call, November 8, 1897: [1]


See No Benefits That Would Accrue to This Country — Protest Against the Opening of Our Gates to Hawaiian Competition — Sugar Industry would Be Imperiled — Nothing to Be Gained by Acquiring Islands So Far From This Continent.

According to “The Call’s correspondent,” few merchants “had given any deep thought to the matter, but those who had, with few exceptions, declared emphatically that they saw few if any advantages….” The Call proclaims that those favorable to annexation were “invariably based on a false pride of country, mistaken for patriotism.” If the present issues were to be solved, the article purports, let the powers of the Monroe Doctrine be employed.

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