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Jefferson County's '49ers
The Iowa Sentinel, Jan 12, 1849

Following the discovery of Gold in California in 1848 and the confirmation of its truth, a group or residents of Jefferson County, Iowa, began organizing and undertook a journey across land to distant California. This adventure was recorded in a dozen or so newspaper accounts during and following the journey. Listed below are some of those articles. We are grateful to Judy Neu for transcribing these articles from Jefferson County Records, Vol. 3 compiled by Mary Prill and published by the Log Cabin Chapter of the DAR.

"The Iowa Sentinel, Fri., Jan 12, 1849, Page 2, col. 6.


All persons desirous of emigrating to California in the spring, will take notice that there will be a meeting held at the Court House, upstairs, on Monday evening next for the purpose of devising the best means for an outfit, and to talk over matters and things in general as to the route Ac., and to ascertain how many will go from the town of Fairfield and the county.

The Iowa Sentinel, Fri., Feb. 16, 1849, Page 3, col. 2."

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