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California Gold Rush

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A pea-sized gold nugget was unearthed at Sutter’s Mill in Coloma, California on January 24, 1848. Although the news did spread, Sam Brannan, a San Francisco newspaperman, is credited with starting the actual rush on May 12 when he walked the streets of San Francisco holding up a quinine bottle filled with gold nuggets and shouting, “Gold, gold, gold, from the American River.” Within three days, a third of the city’s 600 men were on their way to Sutter’s Mill. By mid-June, Brannan’s newspaper had to suspend publication because his entire staff had run off to gold country.

The Gold Rush

“Throughout 1848, reports and rumors about plentiful gold in the mountains and streams of California percolated throughout America. Some of the accounts seemed too good to be true — chunks of gold waiting to be scooped up. Instant prosperity!” The best nuggets on this PBS site (created as a companion to their television documentary) can be found in the Special Features section. And don’t miss Strike it Rich!, an interactive role-playing game.

Gold Rush! California's Untold Stories

Welcome to Oakland Museum’s Gold Rush exhibit. This virtual tour is divided into a narrative (Gold Fever), a display of Gold Rush paintings (Gold Rush Art), and a photo exhibit (Silver & Gold). The best clicks of the site are the multimedia components (Shockwave and Apple’s QTVR) listed across the top of each page.

History: The Gold Rush of 1849

Start with the opening video to discover how the Gold Rush led to the “invention of California.” Below the video, this one-page history lesson is divided into four sections: Discovery at Sutter’s Mill, News Spreads, The ‘49ers Come to California, and Lasting Impact of the Gold Rush. “Though gold mining continued throughout the 1850s, it had reached its peak by 1852, when some $ 81 million was pulled from the ground. After that year, the total take declined gradually, leveling off to around $ 45 million per year by 1857.”

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“It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.” ~~ Mahatma Ghandi ~~ (October 2, 1869–January 30, 1948) Indian political and spiritual leader. Read more quotes from the influential leader who used a salt march and non-violence to oppose the control of imperial Britain.

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