Cheryl Stapp

Cheryl Anne Stapp is a Northern California historian and speaker. She has published 6 non-fiction books that illuminate California’s vibrant past: Wild Wicked Woman – The Life of a Gold Rush Courtesan; Rise, Ruin & Restoration – A History of Sutter’s Fort ; Before The Gold Rush: The Sinclairs of Rancho del Paso 1840-1849 ; award-winning Disaster & Triumph: Sacramento Women, Gold Rush Through the Civil War; Sacramento Chronicles – A Golden Past ; and The Stagecoach in Northern California: Rough Rides, Gold Camps, and Daring Drivers.  Her articles have appeared in History Magazine and Wild West History Association Journal. A graduate of California State University, Northridge, Cheryl lives with her husband in her native Sacramento—in bygone days an important gold rush town, and the largest staging center in the nation.