A new book about history of the region | TheUnion.com

A new book about history of the region

If you’ve been a fan of the series of Gold Rush historical books coming out of nearby Pilot Hill, Calif., then you are in luck. “The Golden Hub, Sacramento” is out. Publisher Electric Canvas, using the imprint of 19th Century Books, has released this, the fifth book in its series that focuses on life in this region in the 1800s.

It’s a compilation of original works telling about life in Sacramento, instead of a rewrite or interpretation of history as is found in most history books.

Says co-publisher Jody Hornor, “The language of the 19th century pioneers and miners is much more colorful that today’s language. Whether it’s Sir Henry conveying his disgust at ‘spittoons . . . the very sight of which invites discharge from an American mouth,’ or John Bidwell having a coyote’s ‘lights’ for breakfast, these books reflect actual events by the people who experienced them.”

As do all the books in the series, this one has lots of photos from those days, restored by the other half of the publishing team, Ric Hornor.

The Hornor books are fun to look at and read, I find. They really do convey well the tenor of the times and personalities of the colorful denizens of the Mother Load.

“Golden Hub, Sacramento” is available in independent book stores, online at http://www.19thCentury.us/Gold or by calling (800) 989-8112. At the Web site you can also preview it.

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