California Gold Rush 1849

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California Gold Rush 1849

1. Discovery at Sutters MillFlakes of gold were found by James Wilson Marshall , a carpenter from New Jersey, on January 24, 1848. The gold was found in the American River at the base of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

49rs Come to California During 1849, people all around the United States began hearing news about the gold that had been discovered in California. Thousands of people decided to travel to California in hopes of finding gold and becoming rich. The travelers became known as forty-niners.

Panning for Gold was one of the methods that miners used to seperate gold from dirt gravel during the Gold Rush. Gold is heavy so eventually it would be left on the bottom of the pan after shaking the pan back and forth.

How to pan for gold.

Boomtowns Boomtowns were places where gold was discovered and miners would move in and make a new camp that would quickly grow into populated towns San Francisco and Columbia are examples of Boom Towns.

California Gold Rush 1849By: Zaira Reyes

Fact: Miners extracted more than 750,000 pounds of gold during the California Gold Rush.

Fact: California was admitted as the 31st state of the United States in 1850 during the gold rush.

Fact: San Francisco was a small town of around 1,000 people when gold was discovered. A few years later it had over 30,000 residents.

Click here to learn more about the History of the Califonria Gold Rush

References The Gold Rush of 1849. (n.d.). Retrieved March 30, 2015, from Westward Expansion. (n.d.). Retrieved March 27, 2015, from WayBack. Gold Rush. Gold Fever | PBS KIDS GO! (n.d.). Retrieved March 30, 2015, from mill image: Boomtown: Stamp Image:

Treaty of Guadalupe HidalgoA few days after Marshall discovered gold, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidgalgo was signed. It ended the Mexican-American War and California officialy became part of the United States.


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