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John Sutter, Lumberman

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The discovery of gold in 1848 on the American fork of the Sacramento River in California, the subsequent mass migration of the "forty-niners" from the East, and the influence of the gold rush on the settlement of the West are well-known episodes of American history. But usually obscured in the broad sweep of historical narrative is the fact that gold probably would not have been found at that particular time and place if John A. Sutter had not contracted with James W. Marshall for Marshall to build and operate a sawmill at the site. Accordingly, Sutter's search for lumber may be said to have been the spark that touched off one of the most explosive events in our national annals. The Journal publishes this paper as a contribution to forest history.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: California State Board of Forestry, Sacramento

Publication date: 1958-04-01

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  • The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.

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