The Silverado Squatters

Robert Louis Stevenson

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The Silverado Squatters is a book by Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson, first published in 1883. It is a travel memoir that recounts Stevenson's two month honeymoon to Napa Valley, California, with his wife Fanny Vandegrift. She had just gotten her divorce from her first husband when the author made his way over to America to marry her - and at the time, he was pretty seriously ill with bronchitis, and also financially broke. So broke that while the couple first went to the Hot Springs Hotel in Calistoga, they couldn't afford the $10 a week fee, so ended up in an abandoned bunkhouse at an old mining camp called 'Silvarado' (which today is called the Robert Louis Stevenson State Park) near Mount Saint Helena. During their two month stay as 'squatters', Stevenson met wine growers and visited the oldest wine grower in the valley, Jacob Schram, used a telephone for the first time in his life, met a local Jewish merchant, and visited a petrified forest owned by an old Swedish ex-sailor.

This book has 31,265 words, 50 pages in the PDF version, and was originally published in 1883.

Production notes: This ebook of The Silverado Squatters was published by Global Grey on the 23rd January 2022. The artwork used for the cover is 'Knight's Valley from the Slopes of Mount St. Helena' by Virgil Macey Williams.

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