'Many Wanted to Know Which Was Mr. Bigler' : Henry Bigler's Account of the 1898 California Golden Jubilee
Bishop, M. Guy
January 7, 1888 to January 31, 1888. Bigler is invited to travel to California all expenses paid for the fiftiety anniversary of the discovery of gold at Sutters Mill. George Q. Cannon furnishes him with a new suit of clothes and spending money for the trip. In California, Bigler greatly enjoys himself, writing the constant stream of visitors are most interested in seeing him. He rides in a parade, tours the Golden Gate Animal Park (precursor to the San Francisco Zoo), and has his picture taken with the three remaining miners present when gold was discovered. On the final day of the trip, a reception is held and each miner receives a $50 gold piece, a gift which takes Bigler by surprise. In the final entry, Bigler is returning to Utah with fellow honoree Azariah Smith, while another decides to stay in California to preach and the fourth has misplaced his train ticket.