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July 31, 1864: Round Valley

July 31, 2014

Camp 186

[Today] we were up very early, but not refreshed, for the mosquitoes had allowed us but little sleep. We went up the valley sixteen or seventeen miles where a lava table crosses the entire valley, barren in the extreme. Here a stream comes down, and there is a sort of basin where there are nine or ten square miles of the best grass I have seen in the state. Three or four settlers have come in this year with cattle and horses, but there is feed for ten times as many. One has started a garden, to sell vegetables in Owensville, ten or fifteen miles distant, and Aurora, sixty-five miles distant. He came into camp and wanted to sell vegetables. I bought some, also four pounds of butter—all luxuries. Perhaps you would be interested to know what prices are asked for vegetables so far from any market. They were: green peas in the pod, ten cents a pound; turnips, eight cents a pound; cucumbers, twenty-five cents a dozen; radishes, thirteen cents a dozen; butter, seventy-five cents a pound, in gold—now worth three times its face in greenbacks. But they were very acceptable notwithstanding their price.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. July 31, 2014 8:50 am

    Hi Tom…I share/link each day on my Facebook page and sometimes add a comment or two. The extra links you provide are fascinating…like the maps and timelines.

    Question today …is Round Valley actually a part of the long Owen’s Valley?

    Thanks so much for hours of reading pleasure.

    • William H. Brewer permalink*
      July 31, 2014 9:10 am

      Thank you for promoting the blog! I’m so glad you’re enjoying it.

      The answer is sort of yes and no: the Owens River does run through (or on the edge of) Round Valley, but it isn’t really part of the long, continuous trench we know as the Owens valley. (I was going to post a link to a topo at Acme Mapper, but they seem to have disabled the link-generating feature.)

      • July 31, 2014 1:36 pm

        The water right fights with LA and this region could be another 4 year blog. Wouldn’t have found that out if I hadn’t been reading your blog then checked out the geography on the map.

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