The Lost Gold Rush Journals of Daniel Jenks 1849-65 | Introduction

The Lost Gold Rush Journals of Daniel Jenks 1849-65 | Introduction

California Gold Rush history comes alive! When he first arrived at the California Gold Rush in 1849, Daniel Jenks was a 21-year-old Greenhorn. Between 1849-65 Jenks chronicled his gold rush adventures across the American Wild West within his journals. It’s an amazing collection of California Gold Rush stories that had never been published before.

Jenks spent many of his California Gold Rush days panning for gold at historic California gold mining camps and writing about Big Oak Flat, Chilean Camp, Chinese Camp, Dry Diggings, Garrote, Humbug Creek, Jacksonville, Long Gulch, Marysville, Placerville, Pioneer City aka Hog em, Savage’s Camp and Wood’s Camp. He also traveled some of America’s historic emigrant trails; Applegate Trail, Cherokee Trail, Hastings Cutoff, Lassen Trail, Nobles Trail, Salt Lake Cutoff, The California Trail, The Oregon Trail, The Santa Fe Trail and Yreka Trail. 

Jenks was Assessor in Yreka California from 1862-1864, then elected Constable of Yreka Township in 1866. He was an important figure in Yreka history. In 1867 Daniel died and his amazing collection of California gold rush stories were almost lost to time. Watch the rest of the videos in this playlist to hear professional voice over artists read interesting excerpts from the Jenks Journals. It’s Wild West storytelling, and the tale’s delivered to us in the Argonaut’s own words, rich in the color and singular culture of those California Gold Rush boomtowns.

Go West! With Daniel Jenks.

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Video Credits:
Reading performed by Michael Kussmann
Video tagline soundbite – Rich Daigle
US Library of Congress
Pawtucket Public Library

Copyright 2022 – Larry Obermesik

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