Eureka!  When gold was discovered in California by James Marshall in 1848, everyone wanted a piece of the action.  People came from all over the world--from the East Coast of the United States and all the way from China--to seek their fortunes.  But sometimes riches could be made not in gold but in the jobs people did for the miners, such as blacksmithing or selling tools.  The Gold Rush brought thousands of people to California and helped to establish the state.

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California Gold Rush?

For more information about the
Gold Rush in California, visit:

Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park
Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park
Bodie State Historic Park
Empire Mine State Historic Park
Plumas-Eureka State Park
Columbia State Historic Park
Shasta State Historic Park