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  • Jacob 'Jake' Woodson Trent (1834 - 1893)
    Jacob Woodson Trent Find A Grave Memorial ID # 110114437 Trent was a farmer and stock raiser. When the California gold excitement broke out in 1849, Mr. Trent was only a youth sixteen years of age...
  • Adonijah Welch, U.S. Senator (1821 - 1889)
    Senator Adonijah Welch Welch was a United States Senator from Florida and the first president of Iowa State Agricultural College (now Iowa State University). Welch also served as Michigan Sta...
  • James Albert Kinsley (1824 - 1853)
    James Albert Kinsley died during the California Gold Rush.
  • Archibald Wynns (1807 - 1859)
    Archibald Wynns, lawyer and statesman, was born in Henry County, Tennessee, on December 25, 1807. He was the son of Thomas and Winnifred (Outlaw) Wynns. He married Martha Elizabeth Edmunds in Tennessee...
  • Caretaker †, Source:
    Dr Levi James Russell (1830 - 1908)
    Reference: Find A Grave Memorial - SmartCopy : Sep 10 2017, 16:54:54 UTC ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Levi ...

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.