Rise, Ruin & Restoration: A History of Sutter's Fort
Rise, Ruin & Restoration: A History of Sutter's Fort

Rise, Ruin & Restoration: A History of Sutter's Fort

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Written by Sacramento author and Sutter's Fort docent Cheryl Stapp, this book is a must-read for anyone wanting to know a complete history of the place we call Sutter's Fort.

165 pages, Andrew Benzie Books

Part I:

  • Introduction, Why Build a Fortress?
  • Getting Started, Building the Fort 1840-1841
  • John Bidwell, Nancy Kelsey
  • 1841: The Fort Ross Purchase
  • Building the Fort 1842-1846
  • Pierson Reading, Eliza Gregson
  • 1846: The Bear Flag Revolt and the American Conquest
  • Fall 1846 Overland Immigration
  • 1846-1847 Peace, and the Donner Party
  • The Best Years
  • Gold! and Ruin
  • James Marshall, Sam Brannan
  • Selling the Fort
  • The Fort's Fall from Grace
  • The Clerks at Sutter's Fort
  • The Blacksmiths
  • Namesake Places

Part II:

  • Restoration
  • Camp Fort Sutter
  • 1900-1950 The Pioneer Monument
  • The Fort's First Curator
  • The Great Discovery: The Kunzel Map
  • Changing Times and Exhibits
  • Rehabilitation 1980s to 1990s
  • A Royal Tourist
  • Fort Trivia
  • Epilogue
  • Bibliography
  • Pioneers and Events in the Narrative

From the Wild West History Association Journal:

"This is not the story of John Sutter but of the world-renowned fortress he built and its impact on the history of California.  Sutter’s Fort is the first large-scale reconstruction and restoration of an adobe structure in the United States, and the largest memorial dedicated to the memory of the California pioneers.  Every year, Sutter’s Fort attracts over 100,000 visitors from all over the world.

The book is divided into two parts. Part 1, The Rise and Ruin, and Part 2, the Restoration of Sutter’s Fort.  The book answers many questions including those about the pioneers who traveled by covered wagon to California making Sutter’s Fort their initial destination and who they were.  What role did the fort play in the rescue of the Donner Party? Why did the 1848 discovery of gold lead to the forts’ demise?  And why was it important to restore Sutter’s Fort in the 1890s? The section on Fort Trivia is also interesting.

This book is an entertaining and invaluable resource for readers and historians who have a special interest in California history and for those who would like to learn more about the pioneers who traveled to California and settled there."

Brayton, Scott. "Rise, Ruin and Restoration Review: Wild West History Association." WWHA Journal XI, no. 4 (December 2018): 83-88.

Published quarterly by the Wild West History Association in March, June, September, and December. Copyright 2018 Wild West History Association, Inc. ISSN 2476-0285