During the Gold Rush, the fever to find riches was too hot to take time out to celebrate New Year’s Day, although some miners cooked a special supper if they had managed to shoot a game animal. Later in the 19th century people attended lavish parties on New Year’s Eve and flocked to stadiums on January 1 to watch team sports. HAPPY NEW YEAR 2013.
At eight years old, talented Lotta Crabtree was a potent box office attraction all over northern California—a red-haired, merry-eyed child blessed with an irrepressible laugh who charmed toughened gold miners, and everyone else, with her singing,
Joseph Goldsborough Bruff is a well-remembered participant in the California Gold Rush. A committed diarist and talented amateur artist, he left reams of hand-written observations and sketches of his “gold rush hysteria” experiences, starting
The gold rushers who swarmed into California hoping but failing to find an easy fortune boosted the folklore phrase “I’ve seen the elephant” into national usage during the 1850s, a metaphor that is forgotten today. It means to experience something
James Wilson Marshall, the renowned discoverer of California gold, never profited from his find. He retained a one-third interest in the sawmill he had built for John Sutter and was doing well, until a series of altercations with miners, and