Mormon Footprints in California : Highlights of Important Mormon 'Firsts' during the Formative Years of the State of California
N. B. Ricketts
Treats the history of Mormons in California, including the most salient historical happenings such as the voyage of the Brooklyn, the Mormon Battalion, the Coloma gold discovery, and the settlement of San Bernardino, giving quick sketches of the people involved in these. It also includes sections on the Mormon involvement in the Pony Express, the transcontinental telegraph, the establishment of the first settlement in Nevada, Genoa, and describes how the lives of Ina Coolbrith and Peter Burnett are intertwined with Church history. Coolbrith was a daughter of Don Carlos Smith who moved to California after her father's death and her mother's remarriage and became recognized as California's first great poet. Burnett was lwayer who defended Joseph Smith during his persecutions and criminal trials and some time afterwards became the first governor of California, thus influencing Church history as the governor of Utah's next door state.