The California Gold Rush Redefined the Old West

The hunt for riches brought 300,000 settlers to the territory.

miners during the california gold rush
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  • California gold miners, c. 1850 - 1852.Photo Credit: Wikipedia
Sutter's Mill
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  • 1850 photograph of Sutter's Mill.

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gold miners in El Dorado
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  • Gold miners in El Dorado, California, c. 1848 - 1853.

    Photo Credit: Library of Congress