There was a time...  

John Salicco: 
Historical Impersonator, Writer and Musician


The 49er:
A Gold Run Musicianer
Time frame: 1850's

The Klondike
Tales of a Sourdough
Time Frame: 1898

The Banjo:
An American Gypsy
Time frame: 19th Century

Jacques Portier:
Old Nor'Wester
Time frame: 1830's

The Great Depression:
How do you spell relief?
Time frame: 1930's


Story Telling


There was a time in History
 Seminar Series




California Heritage Presentation

"A newly constructed and improved map of the state of California. Shewing the extent and boundary of the different counties according to an Act passed by the Legislature April 25th, 1851. With a corrected and improved delineation of the gold region compiled from the best and most recent surveys by J.B. Tassin. Lith. by Pollard & Peregoy -- Published by Cooke and Lecount, San Francisco. Entered according to Act of Congress in the year 1851 by J.B. Tassin"


The Gold Rush, with Mart Taylor

This is a 50 minute one man show based upon original 19th Century material taken from a song book published by Mart Taylor in the 1850ís.  I perform this material using an authentic antique 19th guitar and a self-made replica 19th Century fretless banjo.

Mart Taylor is a real character from  California's past who entertained throughout the northern gold camps of the 1850s.

In addition to my musical repertoire, I have many amusing tales of that hardy gold panning breed including a bald header whizzer perpetrated by Pike Sellers in '49.











Jamestown Diggin's from "Gleason's Pictorial" 1851


For booking information:
email or call 253-376-6932
Write: 3607 Broadmoor Dr NE, Tacoma, WA  98422

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