The gold discovery in January 1848 at Coloma, California, rapidly transformed a pastoral landscape with 15,000 people into a societal melting pot of burgeoning towns as prospectors came from all over the world to seek their fortunes.
“Placer” is the name given to gold (and other minerals) found in alluvial deposits of sand and gravel in modern or ancient stream beds that are near the surface when found. During the California Gold Rush prospectors used shallow metal
Ohio-born Jacob Leese, aged 21, was a trapper in Arkansas and soon afterwards a trader in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He first came to Mexican-owned California in 1833 to transport mules between New Mexico (also a Mexican province) and Southern
Precious little is known of the colorful miner-turned-vintner Marie Suize, who arrived in Amador County in 1852 while Gold Rush fever was still raging. What sets this French-born woman apart from the few other women who lived in the gold
So many legends surround the 19th century individual known as Charley Parkhurst that it’s difficult now to separate fact from fiction. Peers and passengers alike from that era harbored no doubt that Charley loved and understood horses; or