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Personalities, biographies, diaries, and reminicences 

Library of Congress American Memory's California as I Saw It

Oakland Museum of California's Gold Rush: California's Untold Stories

Sacramento Bee's Gold Rush Series: The People

Crabtree, Lotta

Sherman, William T.

Go To Gold Rush Sites


People from all over the world participated in the California Gold Rush. Some were already here and called the area home long before the discovery of gold. Many came to seek their fortune and then return home. Others came, found no fortune, and were forced to stay because they could not afford the return trip. Others came and were captivated by the natural beauty and abundent resources other than gold, so they stayed and made California their home by choice.

There are many websites devoted to this singular event. Please explore them, enjoy them, and learn from them!

Gold Fever! California on the Eve - California Indians, Oakland Museum of California

Map showing California Indian Tribal Groups

German American Corner: 150 Years since the First Gold Rush


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