Major Events Surrounding the Gold Rush By nataliekinstle Oct 27, 1828 Discovery in Delonegha Benjamin Parks discovered gold in north Georgia Jan 1, 1835 Branch Mint The U.S. government formed a branch mint at Dahlonega in 1835. It made $6 million in gold coins, before it closed in 1861. The branch mint eventually became the part of North Georgia College. Jan 1, 1838 Tragedy The Gold rush may have seemed like a fortunate thing, however, it was one of the major reasons behind the removal of Cherokee Indians in 1838. Jan 24, 1848 Another Discovery James Marshall was working hard in California to build a water pump. While in the river, he discovered something, which turned out to be gold. Mar 3, 1848 Reports on Gold are not believed A local newspaper heard about James's discovery and reported it. Many people in the area were not convinced. Aug 1, 1848 Beginning of the Gold Rush James tried to keep his discovery a secret, however the word quickly spread. By August, there were about 4000 mines around the area. Jan 1, 1849 49'ers By 1849, people from all over the world came to find gold to get rich. Jun 2, 1849 Government Formed In June, 1849, the lands were busy and tight because of so many people arriving at once. The people tried to set up a government to rule the land. Dec 10, 1849 San Francisco By December, 1849, San Francisco became the main city for the gold mining towns. Businesses multiplied all over the place to make room for all of the gold miners. Jan 1, 1850 Compromise In January, 1850, The Compromise of 1850 was passed around the time of the Gold Rush. This Compromise made California an official state, free from slavery. Jul 10, 1850 Gold goes away By the middle of 1850, most of the gold on the surface was taken. However, men kept coming hoping to find something. Jan 1, 1958 Capitol Dome In 1958, forty-three ounces of Dahlonega gold were delivered to Atlanta to be used on the Capitol dome.