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"Anchorage coins millionaires in speculative real estate. Some are young. The median age in Anchorage is under 24."
-- Coming into the Country

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"In four months in Mokelumne Hill, there is a murder every week. In the absence of law, lynching is common."
-- Assembling California

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"They told me that they lived in Plant City, a town about 20 miles away, and that they had an orange grove on their property, with three kinds of oranges, so that ripe fruit was on their trees almost eight months of the year. All year long, they said, they drank concentrate at breakfast."
-- Oranges

"A miner is buried in Rough and Ready. As shovels move, gold appears in his grave. Services continue while mourners stake claims. So goes the story, dust to dust."
-- Assembling California


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