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The California Gold Rush

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Sutters mill small square Sutters Mill is built in Coloma
Timeline small square Gold Discoverd at Sutter's Mill Sutter's MillJohn Marshall discovers gold in the sawmill during it's construction.
Man riding horse small square John Marshall reports the finding to John Sutter. Marshall rides to John Sutter's fort and tells him he has found gold.
Timeline small square John Sutter visits the discovery site himself. After viewing where the gold was found, John Sutter asks the mill workers to keep the discovery a secret.
Guadalupe hildalgo treaty small square The Treaty of Guadalupe Hildalgo. For more information...California is purchased by the U.S from Mexico for $15 million.
Timeline small square Sutter's Mill is completed. After completion the mill is tested and ready to operate.
Mormon miner small square Gold is discovered by Mormons! Mormons find gold on the South fork of the American River, the same day Sutter's Mill was completed.
Californian small square The Californian prints the first story about the discovery of gold. The Californian was a newspaper based out of San Francisco.
Timeline small square The news of the discovery of gold becomes widespread. A publisher of the newspaper California Star brings gold into the streets of San Francisco and the story is published. 2,000 copies reach as far as Missouri.
James polk small square President James K. Polk verifies the discovery of gold in California For more information on James K. Polk
Timeline small square Sutter's Mill sells lots near the river to prospectors.
Steamship oregon small square The Steamship Oregon arrives in San Francisco. The Oregon was from the Pacific Mail Steamship Co and it carried passengers and the first mail to California.
Wagon train small square The first wagon train departs from Missouri and Iowa. The wagon trained destined to California was estimated at 20,000 passengers.
Gold nugget small square Two gold nuggets found in the north fork of the American River. The nuggets were reported in The Placer Times as 40 oz and 25 lbs!
Gold rush sacramento 1849 small square A small goldrush occurs on the streets of Sacremento. Gold flakes are discovered on J street in Sacremento but the town is destroyed by a 10 day flood.
Miner49er small square California passes a foreign miner's tax. Miners have to pay $20 a month for a gold mining licence fee.
California small square California is admitted as a slave-free state. populationPopulation of California at this time was 90,000
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