We are pleased to present
Cheryl Anne Stapp
Reading & Discussing her new book
The Stagecoach in Northern California:
Rough Rides, Gold Camps & Daring Drivers
Thursday, August 14th, at 7:00pm
New England stagemen followed thousands of bedazzled gold rushers out west in 1849, carving out the first public overland transportation routes in California. Daring drivers like Hank Monk navigated treacherous terrain, while entrepreneurs such as James Birch, Jared Crandall and Louis McLane founded stagecoach companies traveling from Stockton to the Oregon border and over the formidable Sierra Nevada. Stagecoaches hauling gold from isolated mines to big-city safes were easy targets for highwaymen like Black Bart. Road accidents could end in disaster--coaches even tumbled down mountainsides. Journey back with author Cheryl Anne Stapp to an era before the railroad and automobile arrived and discover the wild history of stagecoach travel in California.
Cheryl Anne Stapp is the author of the award-winning Disaster & Triumph: Sacramento Women, Gold Rush Through the Civil War, and Sacramento Chronicles: A Golden Past. A graduate of California State University, Northridge, she is a member of the Sacramento and Elk Grove Historical Societies, volunteers as a docent at Sutter's Fort State Historic Park and maintains a website devoted to California history, "California's Olden Golden Days" at cherylannestapp.com.