Early gold prospectors could draw an ounce of gold out of the river in one day while panning for gold. As the rivers became crowded with prospectors, you could spend the entire day bent over, shoveling gravel, and maybe yield a dollar’s worth of gold.
Did you know?
- Over 2 billion dollars in gold were mined during the 10 years of the Sacramento gold rush.
- The gold rush began when James W. Marshall found gold in Coloma, CA, in January of 1848. Over the next decade, more than 300,000 people flocked to California to look for gold.