Many made their journey on foot or by wagon.
It could sometimes take up to nine months to get to California.
For the immigrants who came from across the ocean, San Francisco became the most popular port of call.
In fact, San Francisco’s population grew from about 800 in 1848 to over 50,000 in 1849.29 Mar 2018
How the California gold rush started?
The California Gold Rush began at Sutter’s Mill, near Coloma. On January 24, 1848, James W. Marshall, a foreman working for Sacramento pioneer John Sutter, found shiny metal in the tailrace of a lumber mill Marshall was building for Sutter on the American River.
What are the three routes to California?
Three of the Missouri-based routes—the Oregon, Mormon, and California Trails—were collectively known as the Emigrant Trails.
Where does the name 49ers come from?
San Francisco Forty Niners
Why are the Forty Niners?
The people who left their homes in search of gold were later referred to as the “forty-niners,” simply because the year was 1849. Although the exact numbers are unknown, it’s believed that around 300,000 people migrated to California during the Gold Rush.
Where can I find gold in California?
Places to pan for gold in Northern California include Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, which offers panning along the American River, and Auburn State Recreation Area, north of Sacramento, where you can go prospecting along all permanent running streambeds.
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