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A Senator of the Fifties


A Senator of the Fifties

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    Jeremiah Lynch
Excerpt from book: CHAPTER IV PROGRESS Meanwhile the years immediately following 1849 passed. The state gradually augmented its population to a quarter of a million for whom San Francisco was as Rome. San Jose, Stockton, Sacramento, and other interior towns came to their own slowly. When miners left the gold district they went directly to the city, for in the city they met friends and witnessed amusements. Every citizen was struggling to improve, but it was no slight task to construct all the muniments of a modern town, such as sanitary, fire, and water necessities, streets and sidewalks, from simple mud and sand, with no system of local taxation and no insurance. It was not until 1852 that fire insurance companies established agencies. All the larger cities without exception suffered from the devastation of fire. San Francisco, especially, was burned and partially destroyed time after time. The scanty water supply, contained in a few artificial reservoirs sunk at street corners, would be exhausted in an hour. During the summer, with the town fanned by the strong trade winds, any conflagration was inevitably destructive to the tentsand board shelters. Ships, deserted by their crews and anchored in the mud, which gradually mounted as the streets were built into the waters, had been transformed into stationary hotels: one even served as a prison. A number of these ships were destroyed, the fires burning sails, shrouds, masts and bulwarks down to the level of the soil in which they lay embedded. The keels made a good foundation for a superstructure of shops and lodging houses, which were rapidly occupied. Years later, in removing the upper works to build on the now valuable locations, keels of once splendid clippers that queened the waves, have been uncovered from the deep soil into which t...  
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  • Jeremiah Lynch
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