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Newell Day Chamberlain was born January 31, 1880 in San Pablo, California. He spent his early years in the hardware and welding business in San Francisco. In the early 1920s he bought 171 acres. In 1926, when the Yosemite All-Year Highway was completed (now Highway 140), he established Camp Midpines. Camp Midpines was so-named because it was “amidst the pines and midway between Merced and Yosemite.” In 1929 a post office was established at Midpines and Chamberlain served as postmaster until 1950.
In the 1930s Chamberlain wrote this history of the Gold Rush in the southern mining camps west of Yosemite, based on newspaper accounts and pioneer interviews. Chamberlain died November 16, 1961 in Midpines, California. Midpines Lodge was razed sometime in the 1970s, but Midpines remains a small community with residences and vacation homes.
Newell D. Chamberlain (Newell Day) (1880-1961), The Call of Gold: True Tales on the Gold Road to Yosemite, (Mariposa, California: Gazette Press, 1936). xii+183 pages. Illustrated. 20 cm. Bound in tan cloth boards with black lettering. Dust jacket. Copyright 1938 by Newell D. Chamberlain. Bibliographies: Guns 407, Rocq. 5099. LCCN 36031552. Library of Congress call number F865.C46.
Reprinted in 1972 and 1981 by Western Tanager Press, with additional notes. Reprinted as a facsimile in 1972 (hardbound) and 1977 (soft cover) by Valley Publishers, with additional notes by Bertha Schroeder in 1972 and 1977. Great West Books printed a new edition in 2002, with revisions by Peter Browning. The original 1936 edition is used here.
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