The Girard Koch collection (SAFR 13572, HDC 26) is comprised of correspondence, court papers, legislative documents, and other
documents relating to life in San Francisco during the Gold Rush. The collection also includes documents relating to maritime
matters in and around the Sacramento Delta, San Francisco Bay, and the Pacific Coast during the 1850s. The collection spans
the years 1848-1866 and is processed to the collection level.
The GOVERNOR DANA was a paddle steamer of 67 tons built in 1849 in Oldtown, Maine. The vessel was originally intended to to
ply the Penobscot River; however a monopoly for that route was granted to another party. The GOVERNOR DANA was therefore disassembled
and shipped in pieces to the West Coast, via the bark Rio Grande. On arriving in San Francisco, she was rebuilt and began
to serve the Sacramento River towns including Marysville, Red Bluff until 1863.
Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the researcher's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other
case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.
This collection is open for use unless otherwise noted.