On January 24, 1848 James Marshall discovered gold at Sutter's Mill, touching off the California gold rush.
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Discovery of Gold
John A. Sutter tells about the events leading to the discovery and its effects on his plans for building an empire by supporting the needs of a growing state.
The Gold Rush Diary of George Bonniwell
Use your mind's eye to visualize the tough journey made by George Bonniwell from his home in Milwaukee to the gold fields of California as you read his diary.
Gold Rush! California's Untold Stories
This site preserves and supplements four major exhibitions celebrating the gold rush sesquicentennial, at the Oakland Museum of California.
In Their Own Words and Images
A small collection of letters and photographs from the California Gold Rush.
Land of Golden Dreams
Online version of the Huntington Library's exhibition of the original manuscripts, drawings, letters, paintings, books, and diaries from the California gold rush decade, 1848-1858.
The Maritime Heritage Project
Passenger lists of 20,000 immigrants arriving during California's gold rush.
The Virtual California Gold Country
Travel along "Historic Highway 49" and visit the old mining camps and learn about their history.