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California Gold Rush

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On January 24, 1848 a discovery in a river near Coloma, California changed the course of that territory for ever. While building a saw mill, James Wilson Marshall found a golden nugget by accident. All though the mill owner tryed to keep the find a secret, news of the discovery soon started what is know as the "California Gold Rush" by 1850, so many people live in California that it became the 31st state of the United States.

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On January 24, 1848, a discovery in a river near Coloma, California, changed the course of that territory forever. While building a sawmill, James Wilson Marshall found a golden nugget by accident. Although the mill owner tried to keep the find a secret, news of the discovery soon started what is known as the "California Gold Rush." By 1850, so many people lived in California that it became the 31st state of the United States.


Article by Gary Hopkins
Education World® Editor in Chief
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08/20/2004