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  • Joseph Shawhan (1802 - 1855)
    Died during the California Gold Rush.
  • John Lyons Romer (1830 - 1900)
    John Lyons Romer went to California during the California Gold Rush. His daughter, Ada, was born in San Francisco.
  • Maj. William Quesenbury (1822 - 1888)
    Bill Quesenbury was born on August 21, 1822, in newly formed Crawford County of Arkansas Territory. His parents were Henry Anderson Quesenbury and Susan Bean Quesenbury, descendants of the first Ques...
  • Colonel William W. Robinson (USA) (1819 - 1903)
    William Wallace Robinson was born on December 14, 1819 in Fairhaven, Vermont. His father, descended from the Mayflower Pilgrinms, had served and been been wounded in the the War of 1812. William atte...
  • Pvt Daniel Henrie (1825 - 1914)
    From: History of Daniel & Amanda Bradley Henrie Written 1955 for Daughters of Utah Pioneers By Callie O. Morley -- great-grand daughter At times the name Henrie has been spelled 39 different ways, th...

The Gist:

All people associated with the California Gold Rush era.

Brief History

In January of 1848, James Marshall had a work crew camped on the American River at Coloma near Sacramento. The crew was building a saw mill for John Sutter. On the cold, clear morning of January 24, Marshall found a few tiny gold nuggets. Thus began one of the largest human migrations in history as a half-million people from around the world descended upon California in search of instant wealth.

The first printed notice of the discovery was in the March 15 issue of "The Californian" in San Francisco. Shortly after Marshall's discovery, General John Bidwell discovered gold in the Feather River and Major Pearson B. Reading found gold in the Trinity River. The Gold Rush was soon in full sway.

In 1849, quartz mining began at the Mariposa mine in Mariposa County. Gold deposits were often found inside quartz veins. In 1850, California became a state. Also that year, gold-bearing quartz was found at Gold Hill in Grass Valley. This led to the development of the great underground mines in that district and a major industry the continued for more than 100 years.

In 1851, Gold was discovered in Greenhorn Creek, Kern County. This discovery led to the rush to the upper Kern River region. By 1852, California's annual gold production reached a then all-time high of $81 million.

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