c. 1856
14 in WIDE x 10 in DEEP
(35.56 cm WIDE x 25.40 cm DEEP)
Gift of Mrs. Leslie Johnson

Early California Art and History, Science Special Gallery, December 2007 - September 2009

Bean kettle. Description: Rusted iron. History: Brought by father of donor's husband, Isaac Johnson, who crossed the plains by covered wagon from Missouri in 1856 to California arriving in 1857 crossing the Sierras at Donner Pass. He first settled in Napa around 1859. All items in this collection given in the memeory of Mr. Leslie Johnson From the History Information Station: Object: Cast-iron miner's kettle on legs with cover. 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 food available was expensive ! In 8150, eggs sold at one to three dollars a piece and a barrel of sugar cost $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 seventy- five to forty cents a pound.

Used: Isaac Johnson | Settler | Napa | Immigrant ~ Missouri | Gold Rush Period

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