John David Borthwick (1824–1892)
This is a robust, rough and tumble, first-hand account of the early California gold rush years 1851-1854 by a Scottish adventurer and artist J. D. Borthwick. The first edition, published in 1857 was called Three Years in California. Reprints have used the more descriptive title The Gold Hunters.
If you have enjoyed Borthwick’s tale of the California gold rush, you might like this account of Pike’s Peak :
A Gold Hunter’s Experience, by Chalkley J. Hambleton