1849 was a seminal year in the history of St. Louis, as Christopher Gordon asserts in his new book, Fire, Pestilence, and Death: St. Louis, 1849—a devastating fire and cholera epidemic stood juxtaposed against a city growing at leaps and bounds and flooded by Argonauts seeking fortunes in the California gold fields. In this edited letter, which Gordon found while researching for his book, Edwin Hollister describes the burgeoning city.
Gordon, Christopher Alan
"Letter From a St. Louis Barroom, March 1849,"
The Confluence (2009-2020): Vol. 10
, Article 4.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.lindenwood.edu/confluence_2009/vol10/iss1/4