mid 19th c.
6 in HIGH x 10 in WIDE
(15.24 cm HIGH x 25.40 cm WIDE)
Museum Purchase

19th C. Gallery, 9-78, MG | Early California Art and History, Science Special Gallery, December 2007 - September 2009

Dutch oven. Date: mid 19th c. Description: called a "spider" by the miners, used in the Mowitza Mine in Ophir, Ca. From the History Information Station: Object: Cast iron dutch oven. History: The Gold Rush miners had to make do with a limited supply of cooking equipment as well as a limited range of food. And the available food was expensive. In 1850 eggs sold at one to three dollars apiece, and a barrel of sugar cost about $300.00. When William Swain arrived in Long Bar in late 1849, flour was seventy-five cents a pound. At these prices, eating well could easily empty a miner's pockets before he even arrived at his claim. Things got better, though. When the steamboats began arriving with regular shipments, the price of flour dropped from .75 to .40 a pound.

Used: Mowitza Mine ~ Ophir

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