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Gold Nugget Panning Paydirt
Code: 49er002
Price: $11.99
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Paydirt from where the 1849 California Gold Rush started
This paydirt comes from the American River in Coloma California. The dirt was dredged out of the river using a small 2.5 inch hose. This paydirt may have some gold flakes and/or nuggets & comes direct from Coloma & Bythe saw mill where James Marshall discovered gold. It contains many minerals such as quartz & granite and has not been panned yet. The paydirt was dredged over the summer of 2010 and 2011 and contains real gold. One order contains 2 bags with a total weight of approximately 11 ounces.
* may be limited to one per customer or limited to stock on hand.
 
 



Gold from Coloma California
Code: 49er003
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These vials of gold are made from gold dredged from the American River in Coloma, California. The vials are filled with gold leaf and mineral oil. These are great gifts for kids or history buffs.

 
 



Indian Head Penny and Gold Money Clip
Code: 49er004
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Indian Head Penny and Gold Money Clip

Both the gold and Indian Head penny come from the American River in Coloma, California.

The Story of Miner Mad Jack
This is a story miners tell about Mad Jack who sluiced and panned for gold on the American River in the late 1890's. Jack had a special area that he liked to pan. His days' take was a pennyweight or two of gold, which was enough to buy one meal a day. This particular spring day Jack went to the river looking for the elusive large gold nuggets that would make him rich. Jack looked up and down the river and saw 20 or more miners panning. Jack found an Indian Head penny and in a loud voice said "I'm throwing this here penny in the river for good luck". Well, Jack got his wish and found a nugget that weighed around 30 pennyweights or 1.5 ounces. The next day all of the other miners were throwing pennies in the river hoping to change their luck. These pennies can still be found in the river today. Now you can own one of these pennies crafted into jewelry.
 
 



Indian Head Penny and Gold Money Belt Buckle
Code: 49er005
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Indian Head Penny and Gold Money Belt Buckle

Both the gold and Indian Head penny come from the American River in Coloma, California.

The Story of Miner Mad Jack
This is a story miners tell about Mad Jack who sluiced and panned for gold on the American River in the late 1890's. Jack had a special area that he liked to pan. His days' take was a pennyweight or two of gold, which was enough to buy one meal a day. This particular spring day Jack went to the river looking for the elusive large gold nuggets that would make him rich. Jack looked up and down the river and saw 20 or more miners panning. Jack found an Indian Head penny and in a loud voice said "I'm throwing this here penny in the river for good luck". Well, Jack got his wish and found a nugget that weighed around 30 pennyweights or 1.5 ounces. The next day all of the other miners were throwing pennies in the river hoping to change their luck. These pennies can still be found in the river today. Now you can own one of these pennies crafted into jewelry.

The belt buckle will take a belt up to 1 3/4". The buckle is approximately 3 5/8” wide x 2 1/2” tall
 
 



Indian Head Penny and Gold Bolo Tie
Code: 49er006
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Indian Head Penny and Gold Bolo Tie

Both the gold and Indian Head penny come from the American River in Coloma, California.

The Story of Miner Mad Jack
This is a story miners tell about Mad Jack who sluiced and panned for gold on the American River in the late 1890's. Jack had a special area that he liked to pan. His days' take was a pennyweight or two of gold, which was enough to buy one meal a day. This particular spring day Jack went to the river looking for the elusive large gold nuggets that would make him rich. Jack looked up and down the river and saw 20 or more miners panning. Jack found an Indian Head penny and in a loud voice said "I'm throwing this here penny in the river for good luck". Well, Jack got his wish and found a nugget that weighed around 30 pennyweights or 1.5 ounces. The next day all of the other miners were throwing pennies in the river hoping to change their luck. These pennies can still be found in the river today. Now you can own one of these pennies crafted into jewelry.
 
 



Gold Miner Money Clip
Code: 49er007
Price: $27.99
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Our Money Clip design features a Pick & Shovel and a pan filled with gold from the American River in Coloma, California. The clips have a gold finish with the actual California gold encased in clear resin.

The clips come with a black pouch to hold them. Great for gift giving.
 
 



Gold Miner Pin
Code: 49er008
Price: $8.99
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A Golden Piece of History

Since the 1848, miners have scoured the hills and streams of the American West in search of gold. Now, finding gold is much easier. This miner with gold pan pin, made with fine Placer gold, embedded in clear resin, is yours to treasure as a remembrance of the spirit of the west. This pin was handmade in Sacramento, California, using gold from the American River in the town of Coloma, California.
 
 



Gold Pan Pin
Code: 49er009
Price: $6.99
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A Golden Piece of History

Since the 1848, miners have scoured the hills and streams of the American West in search of gold. Now, finding gold is much easier. This gold pan pin, made with fine Placer gold, embedded in clear resin, is yours to treasure as a remembrance of the spirit of the west. This pin was handmade in Sacramento, California, using gold from the American River in the town of Coloma, California.

Can be used at tie tack.
 
 



Gold Pan with Pick and Shovel Pin
Code: 49er010
Price: $34.99
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A Golden Piece of History

Since the 1848, miners have scoured the hills and streams of the American West in search of gold. Now, finding gold is much easier. This Gold pan with pick and shovel pin, made with fine Placer gold, embedded in clear resin, is yours to treasure as a remembrance of the spirit of the west. This pin was handmade in Sacramento, California, using gold from the American River in the town of Coloma, California.

This Pin contains a large gold nugget.
 
 



Gold Pick and shovel Pin/Tie Tack
Code: 49er011
Price: $8.99
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A Golden Piece of History

Since the 1848, miners have scoured the hills and streams of the American West in search of gold. Now, finding gold is much easier. This pick and shovel pin, made with fine Placer gold, embedded in clear resin, is yours to treasure as a remembrance of the spirit of the west. This pin was handmade in Sacramento, California, using gold from the American River in the town of Coloma, California.
 
 



Necklace with California Gold Vial
Code: 49er014
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Necklace with California Gold vial
This is a gold plated chain with a small plastic vial filled with gold from the American River in Coloma, California.
 
 



BLACK IRISH BAND & MICHAEL MARTIN MURPHEY: California Story CD
Code: BIB01
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BLACK IRISH BAND & MICHAEL MARTIN MURPHEY: California Story

America's No#1 Cowboy artist Michael Martin Murphey joins the Black Irish Band to create a musical journey about the people, places, and history. Double Grammy Award winning artist Mary Youngblood is also featured.

The Black Irish Band:
Hailing from the historic Gold Rush Country of America, the Black Irish Band of nineteen years, have a musical style that is as timeless as the rugged landscape of the west, a tribute to the people whose lives were spent building the world we now take for granted. The band has a large compliment of traditional maritime and railroad music, as well as ethnic tunes in their repertoire. They excel at Irish, Italian, and American folk music with an assortment of original songs and traditional western ballads. The bands musical style captures the spirit of the immigrants of this land, the men and women who tamed the Wild West.

1 Captain Jack (The 1870s Modoc Indian War)
2 Grizzly of Old California
3 Sweet Thursday (The Doc Rickett's Theme)
4 Shasta Sunset
5 Sonora Farewell
6 Mic & Paddy (The Irish Build the U.P. R.R.)
7 Men of Iron (The Chinese on the C.P. R.R.)
8 In the High Sierra
9 Yosemite Waltz
10 Life is like a Mountain Railway
11 Mendocino I Hear
12 California's Gold
13 Cannery Row
14 Ballad of John Muir
15 Huntington Beach (Surf Song)
16 Manzanar Overture
17 In the High Sierra Final

Author's notes-
Captain Jack
(The 1870s Modoc Indian War)
Words & Music: Patrick Michael Karnahan
I wrote this story song about 18 years ago. My father George told me about the Modoc War when I was about eight years old. I learned many more details as I grew older and felt the story would make an interesting ballad. It is an amazing story about a fearless leader who only wanted to live out his life in peace on his native land. As more settlers moved into Modoc County they needed more land and were uncomfortable with the natives living so close. The Modoc Indians were forced into a reservation. Captain Jack, as leader, took a small force of about sixty warriors and made a valiant stand in the Stronghold of present day Lava Beds National Monument. This song is in memory of Captain and His people.
Song Details:
The lead in to the song was performed by Grammy Award winning Flutist, Mary Youngblood, and is entitled, “Tears for Captain Jack” (Tears for Keintepoos) – Jack’s Modoc Name. Mary wrote this short melody in memory of the Modoc People and their descendants- and to all Indian Nations whose lands and cultures were disrupted. Mary performed on a flute made by Ted Smith. I was very lucky to have Mary’s talents!

It is of some interest to know this was the very first song I performed on Melodeon. I liked the Melodeon because it reminded me of an old 1800s pump Organ. The Guitar solo was played by old band mate Scott Baker and he captured the feel.

Grizzly of Old California
Words & Music: Patrick Michael Karnahan
Having been a bear lover from the time of my first Teddy Bear, it was only natural for me to write this song. Having spent countless hours photographing the Grizzlies of Alaska I already had a strong interest level. Working with the U. S. Forest Service for 14 years allowed me to have many close encounters with bears in general. I was always however amazed when talking to the public, about bears, that they thought the Grizzly was still found in California. The song was the only way I could set the record straight for the public to know.

It is a sad note to know that our State of California Animal has been long gone since the 1920s.

Song details:
After I wrote the song I knew that only Michael Martin Murphey could sing it. Murphey was awarded the Golden Smokey Award by the government for his service in wild land fire prevention. I also liked the fact that Murphey is so close to the land and its values and has made such a livelong commitment to the public’s awareness of the wild places.

"Sweet Thursday"ť
(The Doc Rickett's Theme)
Words & Music: Patrick Michael Karnahan
Having read John Steinbeck's book, Cannery Row, I fell in love with the characters that made up Monterey's Row. The story theme followed the loveable Docť. Based on the real life Marine Biologist, and friend of Steinbeck, Ed Ricketts became the focus of the story. Ten years later Steinbeck would write his second installment know as "Sweet Thursday"ť. The song is a look into the romance of Doc. In Cannery Row the ending is somewhat sad. Doc never finds his dream girl. In "Sweet Thursday"ť however a great romance takes place and all ends well.

In my real life, it never seemed to have a story book ending when it came to love. So in my melancholy song Doc lives out the romance of "Sweet Thursday"ť, only to find out it was only a dream and it ends like "Cannery Row"ť, alone again!

Song Details:
James Nelson was the perfect pick to sing this song solo. All that was needed was some jazz cord guitar.

Shasta Sunset
(Music: Patrick Michael Karnahan)

I wrote this waltz as a tone poem in celebration of California's 14,000 foot peak, Mt. Shasta. In the summer of 1995 I painted eight oil paintings of the mountain from every advantage. I fell in love with every sunset.
Song Details:
I used a French horn on this song to reach a majestic quality worthy of a mountain. Steve McArthur did a great beautiful job on the solo piano.

Sonora Farewell
(The last Rose of Summer)
Words & Music: Patrick Michael Karnahan
Miners from the Mexican State of Sonora were mining gold near present day Sonora California in the 1840s. They found gold and prospered until others imposed a very unfair miners tax upon them. Because of this taxation most of those early miners returned to Mexico and said farewell.

Song Details:
The Black Irish had performed in a series of concerts in the mid 1990s with Noe & Thomas Montoya of Los Compadres. Noe sings lead while Thomas performs some back up on the nylon string guitar. The chorus trumpets were performed by Richard Restivo and me.

Mic & Paddy
(The Irish build the U.P. Railroad)
Words & Music: Patrick Michael Karnahan
When the Union Pacific Railroad started construction in the 1860s, they hired on a crew of mostly Irish workers. Many had just served in the Civil War and needed work. Most crews worked 12-16 hours each day and only made a dollar a day for their hard work. After the Irish met up with the Chinese on May 10th, 1869, they continued to be an influence in the American West by being cowboys.

Song Details:
Michael Martin Murphey, whose folks came from Ireland, was a perfect pick to sing a song about the Irish experience. Murphey is joined by the boys in creating a very Celtic sounding folk ballad. The hard driving auto harp of Tina Louise Barr combined with David Rainwater Mandolin made me feel like I was behind an old steam locomotive.

Men of Iron
(The Chinese build the C.P. Railroad)
Words & Music: Patrick Michael Karnahan
This song is based on the little told history of the Chinese American workers that built the Central Pacific Railroad in the 1860s. Many came during the gold rush. When the railroad started construction out of Sacramento a work force was needed. It was soon found out that the Chinese were perfect for the task. Most were highly skilled in the use of gunpowder and were very dependable. It is sad to note however that the Chinese were treated very poorly by others.

"In the High Sierra"ť
Words & Music: Patrick Michael Karnahan
At age 15, I went on my first Sierra 50-mile hike with the boy scouts. In two weeks time I learned what it was to dance on granite and face afternoon thunder storms. As years pass I realize the impact of these mountains on my life. From the boy fishing in her rivers to the long hikes over 10,000 feet, I always felt more alive when entering the High Sierra. One line in the chorus states, “looks quite the same to an older mans eyes”.
This comes from the fact that no matter how old we are, the High Sierra will always look the same.

The Yosemite Waltz
(Above the valley floor)
Music: Patrick Michael Karnahan
Arrangement: Richard Restivo
Having spent many hours oil painting at Tunnel View, in Yosemite National Park, I fell in love with the daily change of color. One moment the granite is bright white, then grey, then at sunset it glows in warm colors.

Song Details:
The task of taking on an original classical tone poem and arranging it was not easy. Band mate Richard Restive answered the call and was responsible for writing out all the instrumental parts. For an orchestra we used members of the Stockton Symphony as well as our own talents. Rick performed on trumpet as well as bass. John Baker did a great job on the French horn. It was a big undertaking, but it was worth it!

Life is like a Mt. Railway
(American Traditional)
It was Michael Martin Murphey's idea to do this song. I agreed because it fit into the theme poem I wrote years ago about an old time locomotive engineer named Manny Marshall. Manny started out on a logging railroad in his early 20s. I had the pleasure of talking to Manny about his years on the Sugar Pine Railroad. Boy, he had some great stories about how wild things were in the 1920s. Manny performed with the Black Irish a few times on his harmonica when he was in his 90s.
This song is performed in his memory.

Song Details:
Mt. Railways was performed live in the studio with Michael Martin Murphey as producer. We were lucky to have his band road manager, Paul Sadler, performing on hammered dulcimer. The song also featured on autoharp Tina Louise Barr. The rest of the sound was pure Black Irish.

"Mendocino I Hear"ť
Words & Music: Patrick Michael Karnahan
In my 30s I fell in love with Hwy 1, and the towns of Mendocino County. I always enjoyed Abalone diving off the Headlands and afterwards having a beer at Dick's Bar. Driving from Pt. Arena to the town of Mendocino is always breathtaking. I always wanted to move there, but I ended up on the Oregon Coast instead.

California's Gold
Words & Music: Patrick Michael Karnahan
What story of California would be complete without a story about the history making 1849, California Gold Rush. I however wanted to take this story and make it more about the overall need of miners who gave up everything they loved to search for that yellow rock. When I wrote the words I also thought about how the need for water was also a large, take all you can grab and do not worry about the consequences! Like the Owens Valley and other California areas that were robbed of their once great resources.

Song Details:
Richard Restive sings lead on this song. I wanted to create a sort of Celtic feel to the song in the instrument breaks, so I started with an Irish Jig for me and Dave to play.

Cannery Row
Music: Patrick Michael Karnahan
With this song I wanted to create a feel of Cannery Row in the 1930s. Being that Monterey was once our state capital and had a huge Mexican presents I wanted to add that as an influence to my song. In this tone poem I see old trucks driving by and people going to work. I see the little general store and Doc walking out with a paper and his daily quart of beer, heading back to his lab.

Song Details:
This song was a perfect vehicle for the trumpet. I performed the lead line and then recorded my harmony.
I was trying to get a Mariachi style.
On the breaks and counter melodies I used Mandola and Melodeon, which gives a since of nostalgia to the song.

Ballad of John Muir
Words & Music: Patrick Michael Karnahan
At age 12 I read "The Mountains of California" by John Muir. In fact I soon read everything I could by Muir. At that point in my life I decided to become a mountain man and live everyday among the trees. Muir's writings would have the greatest influence on my life. Because of his faith in nature I became more aware of the wild things around me. Looking at the new California State Quarter, I guess I am not the only one who feels that way. Long live John Muir!

Song Details:
Steve sang lead on this ballad. Old band mate Dave Shapiro laid an up-beat mandolin solo over a nice Bluegrass banjo track.
(Chorus)
Cross the rivers, far & wild, to the forest like a mother to her child. How the canyons & mountains sing. John Muir’s out there if only we believe.

Huntington Beach
(Summer Weather 1976)
Words & Music: Patrick Michael Karnahan
It was at Huntington Beach I first tried to surf. I must admit I am no great surfer, but I liked the scene and all the pretty girls on the beach. It was also at this time I remembered picking up a copy of the Beach Boys, “Endless Summer”. I fell in love with the album and it now always reminds me of those lost summer days and friends I knew at Huntington Beach. The times are gone, but the memories still last beyond the last summer sunset.

Song Details:
On this song I went out on a limb! I wrote the song with a major inversion in the verse, hard to sing, but interesting. I employed some friends from a local band called Crazy Ivan. They did a nice job on back-up. My recording engineer Leroy Bumgarner played the 60s surf organ. It was a hoot making this song! I know it’s not folk, but so what?

Manzanar Overture
Music: Patrick Michael Karnahan
I first visited the site in 1979 to get a better view of Mt Whitney which is the tallest peak in the Sierra Nevada.
It is sad to think that this great viewing point of the Sierra’s was once the site of an internment camp.
In 1942 the U.S. government built Manzanar and moved more than 10,000 Americans of Japanese descent into the camp.
At my last visit to camp I looked up at the peaks of the Inyo National Forest. As I stared out I heard this music come to my ears through the wind. I thought that it must have been a ghost melody left over from one who looked this way before and longed for the freedom of those mountains & forest.

Song Details:
Steve performed on the piano. I liked the sound of the piano because of its very poignant quality. My friend Mike Mooney performed on the soprano sax. I chose the sax because of the lilting feeling it gave me. At other times in the refrain the sax can make you feel very sad. The gong and koto were added for a mood while John Baker added a French horn part and gave the song a strong ending.

IN THE HIGH SIERRA (Reprise)
Words & music: Patrick Michael Karnahan
These words are my California Story

"I gather my memories of times that I knew, the longest of summers with skies so blue. With families & friends that have now gone away, deep in my heart forever to stay"ť

"When we danced upon granite till the stars came to call, afternoon daydreams than evening would fall. Thunderstorms gathered to sing us a song; campfires would blaze into the dawn"ť
- Patrick Michael Karnahan
 
 



California Novelty Money
Code: nov001
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Collectible Novelty Money Note 

The Front of the Bill shows Peter H. Burnett as the first governor of the State of California. The bill's denomination, 1850, is the year of admission to the Union as the 22nd state.  The state's actual admission date, 9/9/1850, is encoded in the serial number within CA, the state's abbreviation. The Back of the Bill shows the state bird as the California Quail, the California Poppy as the state flower, the California Redwood as the state tree, and the California Grizzly Bear.  The U.S. Commemorative Quarter Dollar for the State of California is pictured. The state's nickname, The Golden State, is also listed.

Wording and/or Theme found on this bill:
- 1850
- Peter H. Burnett, First Governor
- Sacramento, CA (State Capital City)
- California Quail
- California Redwood Tree
- California Poppy
- California Grizzly Bear
- The Golden State (State Nickname)

Pictures found on this bill:
- First California Governor Peter H. Burnett
- Serial Number is C991850A (California's September 9, 1850 Admission Date to the U.S. as a State, within the State’s Abbreviation of CA)
- California State Bird ~ Valley Quail ~
- California State Mammal ~ Grizzly Bear ~
- California State Flower ~ California Poppy ~
- California State Tree ~ Redwood Tree ~ Sequoia sempervirens
- California's "Yosemite Valley" State Commemorative Quarter

Each Bill:
- Is brand new and has been handled as un-circulated mint currency.
- Is a beautiful collectible, commemorative item.
- Is great for collectors, gifts, promotions, kids, or as giveaways.
- Is finely detailed and is the same size, and has a similar look and feel as real U.S. currency.
- Is printed in bank note multi-colors on both sides.
Is a novelty item and has no monetary value anywhere in the world.
 
 



California Novelty Money 1849 GOLD RUSH - MILLION DOLLAR BILL
Code: nov002
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Collectible Novelty Money Note 1849 GOLD RUSH - MILLION DOLLAR BILL

This Special Edition Million Dollar Bill SERVES TO COMMEMORATE THE CALIFORNIA GOLD RUSH WHICH BEGAN ON JANUARY 24, 1848, WHEN GOLD WAS DISCOVERED BY JAMES W. MARSHALL AT SUTTER'S MILL, IN COLOMA, CALIFORNIA. Same size and shape of REAL money!
B>Each Bill:
- Is brand new and has been handled as un-circulated mint currency.
- Is a beautiful collectible, commemorative item.
- Is great for collectors, gifts, promotions, kids, or as giveaways.
- Is finely detailed and is the same size, and has a similar look and feel as real U.S. currency.
- Is printed in bank note multi-colors.
- Is a novelty item and has no monetary value anywhere in the world.
 
 

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