Before the Gold Rush: The Sinclairs of Ranch del Paso 1840-1849
by Cheryl Anne Stapp
While much has been written about John Sutter and his colony of New Helvetia, this book sheds some light on the life and legacy of some of his lesser known neighbors to the north (John and Mary Sinclair). From their journeys west to the untimely demise of John Sinclair and their only child, this book is a gripping and fascinating read.
Written by Sacramento author and Sutter's Fort docent Cheryl Anne Stapp, this book is a must read for anyone wanting to know more California history, and the impact the Gold Rush had on some of the regions early settler inhabitants.
Finalist, historical nonfiction, 2018 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.