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.
This book is a 2019 Staff Pick! Read what Kyle has to say:
"While much has been written about John Sutter and his colony of New Helvetia, this fascinating read sheds some light on his lesser-known neighbors (John and Mary Sinclair) and their reaction to their changing surroundings during the California Gold Rush." -- Kyle