Hammonton and Marigold

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This is the story of one community and two towns: Hammonton and Marigold, companyowned dredger towns located 10 miles east of Marysville, California. Their founding was a direct result of the gold rush of 1849 and the subsequent hydraulic mining that followed. The towns' history was wrought by the families who inhabited them and the many men and women who would build their community together through the years. In Hammonton and Marigold, there was no upper or lower class; the people were all working for dredging companies and considered equals. Although the company towns were shut down and the families all displaced, in 1957, the community itself carried on to the present day, holding annual reunions and even publishing a quarterly newsletter.
ISBN: 9780738547602
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: California
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Robert “Bob” Criddle Jr. is a thirdgeneration product of two sets of grandparents who settled in the two towns. The towns' unofficial historian, he has received thousands of photographs and conducted hundreds of oral history interviews with former residents. Bob's wife and coauthor, Ruth Criddle, plays an integral role in the publication of these interviews and has authored a local ethnic cookbook herself. Together they are ensuring that the story of Hammonton and Marigold's community lives on for future generations.
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