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Gold is Discovered: The California Gold Rush Begins

Karrie Y. Cox

EdTech 541

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News Flash!!!

Gold has been discovered in California!

Who discovered the gold?

Why wouldn’t you want any to know about your finding?

Where’s the Gold?

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How it Started?

Gold Rush Overview

The allure of gold was like a magnet pulling people to California.

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Famous People of the California Gold Rush

Research these famous people of the California Gold Rush.

Ready for the Test

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Sam Brannan

  • Bought all mining tools in area

  • Announced gold was found

  • Made a fortune selling tools, then other necessities, to miners

  • Became a millionaire

Who is Sam Brannan

Explore the life of Sam Brannan

Sam Brannan, you’ve never heard of

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Who is John Sutter?

  • Envisioned an agricultural empire near the American River

  • Wanted discovery of gold kept secret

  • Never did appreciate the opportunities of the Gold Rush, and left California penniless

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Explore the life of John Sutter

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Mark Twain

  • Born Samuel Clemens

  • Headed West for the Gold Rush

  • Became a famous writer of his experiences

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Samuel Clemens

Explore the lifeof Samuel Clemens

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Henry Wells and William Fargo

  • Decided to profit from Gold Rush by providing services to miners

  • Created Wells, Fargo & Co. for banking, mail, and stage coach services

  • Generated tremendous wealth as entrepreneurs

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Who is Henry Wells

Who is William Fargo

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Levi Strauss

  • Ran a successful dry-goods store

  • Patented canvas pants with riveted pockets

  • Now called Levis

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Who is Levi Strauss

Explore the life of Levi Strauss

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Lotta Crabtree

  • Began acting on stages at age 6

  • Made lots of money entertaining miners

  • Later traveled the world

Who is Lotta Crabtree

Nevada County Gold

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Nellie Chapman

  • Married a dentist and studied dentistry from him.

  • Later practiced as a dentist with her own patients.

  • She also wrote and composed: a talented lady!

Who is Nellie Chapman

Nevada County Gold

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Eliza Farnham

  • As a young widow, she was matron of Sing Sing prison.

  • Believed women would “civilize” the miners

  • Advocated social reforms.

Unsettling the West

Who is Elizabeth Farnham

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Georgiana Kirby

  • A pioneer of Santa Cruz during the Gold Rush

  • Advocated education, freedom, and equal rights for all

  • Has a private school named for her

Who is Georgiana Kirby

More on Georgiana Kirby

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Listen to the words of Georgiana Kirby

Unsettling the West

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James Marshall

  • Discovered gold pebbles while building Sutter’s Mill

  • Feared the effects of potential prospectors, who eventually forced him off his land

  • Also died nearly penniless

Who is James Marshall?

James Marshall: California's Gold Discoverer

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James Wilson Marshall

The Gold Rush Chronicles

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People of the California Gold Rush Quiz

Click on each of the following items and answer the question.





End Quiz



Women of the Gold Rush

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Where was John Sutter Born?

Kandern, Baden, Germany

Rünenberg in Switzerland

New York City

San Francisco, California

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Who discovered gold pebbles while building Sutter’s Mill?

John Sutter

Levi Strauss

Henry Wells

James Marshall

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Lotta Crabtree was?

An entertainer

A Dentist

Taught women to read

Advocated for equal rights

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Elizabeth Farnham was?

An entertainer

A Dentist

Taught women to read

Advocated for equal rights

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Nellie Chapman was?

An entertainer

A Dentist

Taught women to read

Advocated for equal rights

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Georgina Kirby was?

An entertainer

A Dentist

Taught women to read

Advocated for equal rights

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Sam Brannan didn’t/wasn’t …….?

Panned for gold

Lived in Mexico

Was a Moron

On a police force

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William Fargo didn’t/wasn’t …….?

Panned for gold

Organize the American Express

Organized the Wells Fargo & Company

Was the Mayor of Buffalo, New York

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Mark Twain didn’t/wasn’t…….?

Was a novelist

A journalist for the Sacramento Post

Was in the Confederate Army

Worked in a print shop

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Levi Strauss …….?

Panned for gold

Born in Sacramento California

Owned a business

Had two brothers

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