La Porte, Ca. Published by J.C. Lester, Bookseller, etc. [ca. 1858]. Pictorial letter sheet, 9 3/4 x 7 3/4 inches, on ruled white paper. Wood engraved illustration, 3 3/4 x 5 inches. A slight bit of edge wear, else fine. Item #WRCAM44297
A scarce California pictorial letter sheet, giving a view of the mining town of La Porte. The view shows the town's main street, and several businesses are identified, including Everts, Wilson & Co. banking house; Lee & Ned's Pioneer Livery Stable; the Hotel de France; and the Union Hotel. A number of men, women, and children are shown in the street, along with a miner carrying a pickaxe. The view of the town, which carries an "AE" monogram, is attributed to artist Alexander Edouart, son of silhouettist Auguste Edouart. La Porte is located near the north bank of Rabbit Creek (after which it had formerly been named), on a ridge between the Yuba and Feather rivers, at an altitude of 4500 feet. Mining began in La Porte around 1850 and continued throughout the decade. A printed description and history of the town surrounds the image, the two occupying the upper half of the whole sheet. Baird locates a total of only four copies of this view of La Porte. BAIRD, CALIFORNIA'S PICTORIAL LETTER SHEETS 129. CLIFFORD LETTER SHEET COLLECTION 136.