Rise, Ruin & Restoration: A History of Sutter's Fort
by Cheryl Stapp
This book, published in 2018, provides readers with details about the rise and fall of Sutter's Fort.
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
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
Camp Fort Sutter
1900-1950 The Pioneer Monument
The Fort's First Curator
The Great Discovery: The Kunzel Map
Changing Times and Exhibits
Rehibilitation 1980s to 1990s
A Royal Tourist
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 JournalXI, 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