Panning For Gold

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.


California Gold Rush Country

Article written by Sarah Wyland

Sarah Wyland
Sarah never gets in trouble for being on Facebook and Instagram at work, because its her job. As social media manager, she gets to tell the stories of travelers, teachers, and interesting places. Other titles she enjoys include dog mom to Knox, barre instructor, Crossfit athlete, avid reader, and world traveler.