The Silverado Magazine. Elsie McClelland.
The Silverado Magazine
The Silverado Magazine

The Silverado Magazine


Softcover. Fine. No place or publisher given. 8.25 x 6 inches, 29 pp, in stapled wrappers with block print cover illustration hand-printed in three colors, b/w illustrations within. Fine. A rare publication on the early history of the small Orange County, California, community of Silverado. Nestled in a canyon in the Santa Ana Mountains, Silverado was founded in 1878, shortly after the first silver mining stakes were claimed in the area. The mining boom was short-lived, and by 1883 most residents had left for more profitable the Silverado post office had closed. But in the 1920s, along came the energetic Elsie McClelland, editor of this volume. She not only reopened the post office and served as its first postmaster, but also stocked the same little log building with books, establishing the commuity's first library, and put out a single-sheet, free newspaper called Silverado News Flashes. As far as we know, she only published this single issue of The Silverado Magazine, although it is clear she planned a second one. The contents include poetry, reminiscences of early days in Silverado (including its most illustrious resident, Helena Modjeska), and selections from a newspaper published in Silverado in the 1870s. One copy located in OCLC, at UC Irvine.

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Price: $200.00

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