This Day In History - California Gold Rush Begins 1848

California Gold Rush Begins 1848

Sunday, January 24, 2021

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Event Description

The California Gold Rush (1848–1855) began on January 24, 1848, when gold was found by James W. Marshall at Sutter's Mill in Coloma, California. All told, the news of gold brought some 300,000 people to California from the rest of the United States and abroad. Of the 300,000, approximately half arrived by sea and half came from the east overland on the California Trail and the Gila River trail.

Event Location

Coloma, CA, United States