The Idyl of Red Gulch

by Bret Harte

One of the most fascinating periods in US history was the great westward expansion of the 19th century.

Thousands headed west, particularly to California for a variety of reasons, yet often for the chance to start a new life.

This story is about a few of those who hoped to begin anew in a new place and how their old lives managed to follow anyway.

For much of his life, Bret Harte worked as a teacher, miner, and journalist for much of his life until he found fame writing short stories about the California mining camps in 1868. Ten years later, he was appointed US Counsel in Germany and later, Scotland where his writing continued and his fame grew.