Apr 09

There’s Gold in Them There Hills by Cindy Woolf

Cindy 12.04.2013 400x600I’m delighted to welcome another fellow author from Love Historicals, Cindy Woolf as the next contributor to our Travel Back in Time series.

Great to be here, Anna.

What is it about the Gold Rush or should I say Rushes? What state do you think of when you hear the words “gold rush”? California, right? What about Colorado and Alaska? You’ve heard of them but they aren’t as famous as the one in California, right? What about North Carolina? No? I’d never heard of a North Carolina gold rush either.

Actually the first gold rush in the United States was in North Carolina in 1803. Gold coins from 1804 through 1828 were minted from Carolina gold that was shipped to Philadelphia for the actual minting.

After this, it became the custom to have a mint at the source of the gold. This is the reason that the first “D” on coins didn’t stand for Denver but for Dalonega, Georgia where there was a small gold rush in 1828.

The next gold rush was the one we all think of when we hear those words, “gold rush”. That’s right the one in 1849. In some ways this is the most significant of the “rushes”. It started the settling of the west, like nothing else before it. The 1849 gold rush led directly to the settlement of California by Americans rather than the Spanish or the Mexicans. This also led to its almost immediate entry into the union as the State of California in 1850.

The Colorado gold rush began as the Pikes Peak gold rush in 1859. But as more gold was found in other places, most famously in Central City, the name was changed.

Many of the miners from California came to Colorado and began mining and settling the Colorado Territory. Colorado wouldn’t become a state until 1876. Along with the miners, came businesses to support them, followed by women to marry them and then families and then churches. Make no mistake, the miners brought in the women to marry, but it was the women who brought civilization. They are the ones who brought in schools and churches, to the untamed land.

The next gold rush was in the Dakota Territory. The rush began in 1874 with the Custer expedition, which we all know how that ended. Not at all well for Custer. The heyday for the Black Hills gold rush was 1876-1877. This is the period that I’ve set my series, Destiny in Deadwood. The first book in the series, REDEEMED BY A REBEL, tells Jake Anderson’s story. He’s on the run for killing one of the men who raped and murdered Jake’s fiancée.

Redeemed by a Rebel 300 dpiHe goes to Deadwood with his brothers. It’s the perfect place for a man like Jake. A man wanting to hide and fade into the woodwork. There is no law in Deadwood. It’s a no man’s land because it belonged to the Sioux Indians. The US Government had no jurisdiction there.

That is until the gold production draws their attention. In February 1877, the Black Hills were annexed by the United States and the 1868 Treaty of Fort Laramie, was rewritten to exclude the Black Hills. The Black Hills are sacred land to the Sioux and the change in the treaty was not well received but there was nothing the Sioux could do.

So what do all these gold rush periods have in common, besides the gold? They brought civilization to an otherwise wild land. We as a nation expanded and settled more land faster than we would have otherwise because of the gold finds. If there had been no gold rushes, we would have still settled the land but it would have taken decades longer.

I hope you’ll pick up my book, REDEEMED BY A REBEL and perhaps get a taste of the gold mining era.

Cynthia Woolf is the author of six historical western romance books and one short story with more books on the way. She was born in Denver, Colorado and raised in the mountains west of Golden. She spent her early years running wild around the mountain side with her friends.

Their closest neighbor was one quarter of a mile away, so her little brother was her playmate and her best friend. That fierce friendship lasted until his death in 2006.

Cynthia was and is an avid reader. Her mother was a librarian and brought new books home each week. This is where young Cynthia first got the storytelling bug. She wrote her first story at the age of ten. A romance about a little boy she liked at the time.

Cynthia loves writing and reading romance. Her first western romance Tame A Wild Heart, was inspired by the story her mother told her of meeting Cynthia’s father on a ranch in Creede, Colorado. Although Tame A Wild Heart takes place in Creede that is the only similarity between the stories. Her father was a cowboy not a bounty hunter and her mother was a nursemaid (called a nanny now) not the ranch owner.

Cynthia credits her wonderfully supportive husband Jim and the great friends she’s made at CRW for saving her sanity and allowing her to explore her creativity.










LOVE AND MISERY, a very short story

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  1. Cynthia Woolf

    Thanks for having me here today, Anna.

  2. Rose Gorham

    I enjoyed reading your post, Cindy. Great information!

  3. Rose Gorham

    enjoyed reading your post, Cindy. Great for the information!

  4. Sydney

    Great post on the gold rush(es)! Perfect setting for your man Jake. Can’t wait to read.

  5. Cynthia Woolf

    Thanks Rose, glad you enjoyed the post.

  6. Jan Abney

    Very nice post here. I’ve enjoyed your books and hope to read a lot more of them!

  7. Nancy Morse

    Great post, Cindy. I’ve written about the Custer expedition to the Black Hills and the discovery of gold there. It’s interesting how treaties were rewritten to wrest sacred land from the Sioux. I knew about California and Colorado, but NC and GA? Who knew?

  8. Jill Hughey

    North Carolina and Georgia were certainly more convenient places for a gold rush in the 1800s. Nice post!

  9. Lana Williams

    I love stories about the gold rushes! I’m from the Black Hills, so it’s always a bit of a thrill to read stories set there. Can’t wait to read this, Cindy!

  10. Linda Andrews

    I didn’t know the origins of the D mint stamp. How fun. Was there a mint in the Black HIlls area?

    1. Cynthia Woolf

      The Black Hills never had a mint.

  11. Cynthia Woolf

    Thanks for all the wonderful comments. I appreciate them.

  12. Connie Gillam

    Informative blog. I didn’t know that Georgia (my adoptive state) was one of the earlier gold rush locations.

    Great cover, btw. Good luck with the new book.

  13. Gemma Juliana

    Very insightful, Cindy. Didn’t know about North Carolina at all. Thanks for a very enjoyable post.

  14. Melissa Keir

    I didn’t realize that there were so many different gold rushes. It is nice to know that women brought some substantial changes to the wild west!

  15. Jacquie

    Hi Anna an Cynthia, great interview. I also was not aware of there being so many different gold rushes, very cool. I can imagine that it would have been a exciting time though frightening for the women trying to settle in a new land. Your book sounds very interesting and that cover definitely works, 🙂

  16. Cynthia Woolf

    Thanks again Anna for having me on your blog and thanks to everyone for the wonderful comments. I’ve enjoyed very much being here today.

  17. Beth Caudill

    Cynthia – I know of the NC gold rush but only because I’ve got two boys who have to learn NC history. 😉
    Great idea to incorporate that history into your series.

    1. Cynthia Woolf

      Thank Beth. My book takes place in the SD gold rush in the Black Hills but I too thought the info on the NC and GA gold rushes was very interesting.

  18. Reggi Allder

    I’m late but I enjoyed this interview. Of course the 49ers get a lot of press so I know about them but I didn’t know about the gold rush in North Carolina in 1803. Cynthia, your book sounds interesting too. : )

  19. Cynthia Woolf

    Thanks Reggi. I hope you like the book.

  20. Beverley Bateman

    Who knew – N. Carolina? Interesting post. thanks for the background, Cynthia. And your new book Redeemed Rebel looks interesting.

    1. Cynthia Woolf

      Thanks for stopping by Beverley.

  21. Cindy Sample

    Hi Cynthia. Since I live only 8 miles from Coloma, I just assumed the first gold rush occurred in California in 1848. What I have learned is that the people who prospered the most were the shopkeepers, not the miners! I enjoyed learning about the discovery in North Carolina and especially Deadwood. I love your books so keep those great stories coming!

    1. Cynthia Woolf

      Thanks Cindy. I’m so glad that you like my books. That makes me very happy and just made my day.

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