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SF Cost of Goods - 1849

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Posted by Adrienne on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 11:25:49 :

At San Francisco, for string beans 50 cts. per pound, was asked; green corn, 25 cents the ear; onions, twenty-five cents each; green peppers, three small ones, twenty-five cents.

A medial gentleman from Boston pays at San Francisco, for a room eight feet by ten $159 per month. He sleeps in his office and his board costs about 3 dollars per week.

Clothing that is good for anything commands a high price, while that of a poor class (and the market is full of such) is sold very cheap. For a good pair of boots our informant gave an ounce of gold ($16) and for a sack coat such as can be bought here for $7 or $8, he gave $25.

Gambling is still carried on to a great extent 70 & 100 ounces of gold being a common stake. One of the most noted gamblers, he says, is a Spanish woman, who has been known to put on a single stake 25 lbs. of gold dust. They reckoned dust at 5 lbs to $1000.

Jamestown Journal, October 19, 1849, Page 3

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