1847 – The California Gold Rush

In a valley in northern California on January 24, 1847, a man named James Marshall discovered flakes of gold in a creek at a place called Sutter’s Mill. That discovery set off a worldwide explosion of interest. Men and women came from all corners of the earth and firmly believed that they could simply come to America and pick up gold everywhere and become rich. People came. It wasn’t that simple. Come and hear the stories of the people and who they were and what they found. Hear about Levi Strauss. Hear about Heinrich Schliemann. Hear how this influx of people changed the world and created the state of California.