Boca, California- House On The Hill Project: Results of 2016 Field Survey

Author(s): Leo A. Demski

Year: 2018


During 2016, fieldwork was carried out in the California Sierra Nevada Mountains at Boca, a late 19th century company town that provided lumber for the construction of the Southern Pacific Railroad and the Comstock mine. Boca was also one of the largest producers of naturally harvested ice, selling to individuals and companies, including the railroad. Use of iced railcars provided the means for the transcontinental railroad to successfully ship perishable goods long distances, giving later rise to the California agricultural industry. This poster focuses on the analysis and preliminary interpretation of a house site in the hills above the main town, with special attention to personal artifacts with potential gender associations, including jewelry, sewing findings, and corset related materials. The 2016 results are discussed in the context of agency, gender, and adaptations made in daily life against the backdrop of a booming 19th century Western industrial town.

Cite this Record

Boca, California- House On The Hill Project: Results of 2016 Field Survey. Leo A. Demski. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2018 ( tDAR id: 441694)

This Resource is Part of the Following Collections


Gender mountain West

Geographic Keywords
North America United States of America

Temporal Keywords

Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 1090