Full Caption: “The Winter of 1849.” Color engraving by J. H. Baillard after a drawing by Frank Marryat. From Marryat's Mountains and Molehills (London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1855, chap. 8, p. 150; F865.M3 1855b). Rare Book and Special Collections Division. Full Caption: “The Winter of 1849.” Color engraving by J. H. Baillard after a drawing by Frank Marryat. From Marryat's Mountains and Molehills (London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1855, chap. 8, p. 150; F865.M3 1855b). Rare Book and Special Collections Division.

Women's accounts of life in San Francisco at the time of the California Gold Rush emphasized the many hardships, including a lengthy rainy season and a great deal of mud. As in most boom towns, the buildings pictured here seem to have been thrown up and some appear to be rooming houses. Many of the women who went to California took in boarders and provided services such as washing laundry, ironing, sewing, and baking pies for sale.

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