- TIMELINE OF CALIFORNIA
- GOLD RUSH
1847: The American gold rush began in the middle of the 1800's. It changed the American west, as well as the people. This is a timeline of those events.
1848 James Marshall finds gold:James Marshall was working in California to build a water pump. While in the river he found a shiny metal which turned out to be gold
March 1848 Reports about gold aren't believed: A local newspaper heard about the gold discovery and reported about it. Most people in the area didn't believe it.
August 1848 The gold rush begins: James Marshall tried to keep his discovery a secret, but word quickly spread. By August there were 4000 gold mines in the areas.
November 1848 The first minted gold: The first shipments of gold sent to the mint left from San Francisco. The ship carried over $500,000 of gold.
1849 The coming of the 49'ers: The year of 1849 brought travelers from all over the world. They all came to get rich.
1848 James Marshall finds gold: James Marshall was working in California to build a water pump. While in the river he found a shiny metal which turned out to be gold.
February 1849 Women come to get a husband: Papers advertised for women to come to San Francisco to get husbands among the miners.
1850 The gold runs out: Most of the gold on the surface was picked clean by 1850. Men kept coming, though, hoping to get lucky.
May 1850 Another gold shipment leaves San Francisco: This time the shipment carried a whopping 1.5 million dollars' worth of gold.
1857 The gold rush stabilized: The gold rush finally fell off in 1857, when the gold output stabilized at around 45 million dollars a year.