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History of Gold Mining

history-of-mining-goldWe are all interested in finding, mining, and panning for gold.  This has been going on for a long time, especially in the United States since the mid-1800′s during the gold rush in California, Georgia, and Tennessee.  There is a current, smaller scale gold rush going on since the television networks have started syndicating shows about the topic, such as Gold Rush: Alaska, Gold Fever, and Prospecting America.  But what about a long, long time ago when the first people thought, “Hey, we all like these precious metals and stones from out of the ground.  I’m going to get rich by finding my own!”  Let us discuss the history of gold mining deeper…

Nobody really knows when people first began trying to find gold, but we do have some dates on old artifacts created out of gold.  These were discovered in Bulgaria at the Varna Necropolis.  The gold artifacts were found in graves which have been dated to some time around 4500 BCE.  This tells us that gold prospecting and gold mining is in face at least 6000 years old if not closer to 7000 years.

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Gold Rush History

gold-rush-historyWhen 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.

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