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Gold Discovery and Migration

The California Gold Rush refers to the period between 1848 and 1864, with the height of the gold rush in 1852 (1).  The gold rush started when James Marshall discovered gold in the American River while building a mill for John Sutter.  (2)  Marshall's discovery spurred a migration of people to the soon to be state of California.  The first census in the state of California in 1850 indicates the resident population was 92,527 (3).

1. The Gold Rush of 1849. History Channel. n.d. Web. 2 July 2013.

2. The California Gold Rush. California's Natural Resources. n.d. Web. 2 July 2013.

3. Resident population and Apportionment of the U.S. House of Representatives. U.S. Census Bureau. n.d. Web. 9 July 2013.


Media Coverage

Newspapers throughtout the country and world printed articles and advertisments regarding gold in California.  Some examples include:

Images of the Gold Rush

Gold Miners

"Miners at Thompson Dry Diggins." ca 1851.
Historical Photographs, Meriam Library. JPEG file.

you tube

California Gold Rush Video from the History Channel

History Channel. "America the Story of Us: Gold Rush." Online video clip. YouTube. YouTube, 20 May 2010. Web. 17 July 2013.

Internet Articles

Suggested articles on the California Gold Rush from the internet:

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