friscoA Long Way to Frisco, A folk adventure novel of California and Oregon in 1852 by Alfred Powers; $3.00; 1951; 186 pages; Little, Brown and Company, Boston, MA; purchased from Multnomah County Library, Title Wave Used Bookstore; 4/7/15-4/8/15

A pair of miners, a old grizzled veteran and his seventeen year old sidekick, cash in their claim and try to decide what to do next.  When they here that many of the miners, storekeepers and entertainers in and around the gold mines want ham and bacon, they decide to become hog buyers from Frisco.  After that announcement they get a contract from a butcher in San Francisco for fourteen thousand pigs either one hundred pounds on the hoof or one hundred pounds dressed out.  They search all over Northern California and are unable to find that many pigs, and make their way north to Portland where they meet Joe Meek who helps them find the necessary number of pigs.  Through a series of misfortunes it turns out that they have to drive the pigs overland from Oregon City to San Francisco.  Just when it seems that their entrepreneurial spirit has been their downfall things work out for them.  This story is supposedly on a true story that the author read about in a biography of people from Oregon.

Grade-A

Did I enjoy the story?  Yes, the gold rush is a favorite era of stories for me.  There were so many colorful characters mixing with one another that they made for interesting stories.

What is with the title of the review?  Lemony Snicket wrote several books title A Series of Unfortunate Incidents, whenever anything good happened to the main characters something seemingly out of nowhere would destroy that good.  Here the characters use their wits to help themselves out of unfortunate circumstances.