When we talk about the gold rush history in the United States, we are usually referring to the California Gold Rush. This was an exciting time that officially began with a specific event that set many dreamer’s minds off to the riches and wonders of the privileged life, and this was when James W. Marshall found the first bit of gold at Sutter’s Mill in Coloma. January 24, 1848 was the day. By the time the word of mouth information had spread, 300,000 people began to flock to California by the end of the year from Hawaii, Latin America, and Oregon.
These people became known as the gold seekers and by the more familiar term the Forty-Niners in reference to the year the gold rush really got rolling. Most of these folks were Americans, but the hype was so large that people even came from as far as Australia, China, and Europe as well as Latin America.Read More