Ancestry.com. Heinrich Lienhard, Life at Sutter's Fort, 1840s [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 1999.Original data:
Library of Congress. California As I Saw It: First-Person Narratives of California's Early Years, 1849-1900 Volume 78. [database on-line] Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, 1999. Lienhard, Heinrich. A Pioneer at Sutter's Fort, 1846-1850. Los Angeles: The Calafia Society, 1941.
The discovery of gold in northern California in 1849 radically changed the face of the territory. This database illustrates the many changes brought to the area by this one event. The author, Heinrich Lienhard, lived at Sutter's Fort for three years until returning to Switzerland to accompany Johann Sutter's family to America. When he returned in 1850, the settlement he called home was a very different place. This narrative describes life at the fort before and after the historic event, and includes personal commentary on the changed atmosphere in the territory. For those wishing to understand life at Sutter's Fort in the 1840s, this can be an interesting narrative.