Welcome to the virtual home of the Charles B. Gillespie Collection. Charles Gillespie took part in an expedition to California after the discovery of gold in 1848. During his travels, Gillespie kept a journal and drew sketches documenting his exploits. This website highlights a small, specially selected portion (the Gold Rush era) of the original collection. Please take time to pursue the links located to your left. Not only will you gain a better understanding of the Gold Rush, you will see how it affected Gillespie himself through the study of his journal entries and sketches. Undoubtedly, you will discover a unique and fascinating perspective on the California Gold Rush. The collection, covering Gillespie's entire life, is currently owned by one of his descendents. Please note it is highly recommended you read the introduction to Gillespie before proceeding to the other links.
Charles B. Gillespie in later life
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