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Gold Rush Chronology
John Sutter Arrives - 1839: Swiss Imigrant receives 50,000 acre land grant in Sacramento Valley.
Bear Flag Revolt -1846-June: Followed afterwards by the Mexican-American War (1846-1848)
Mormon Battalion Arrival - 1847-Jan: Arrives in San Diego from Iowa.
Gold Find at Sutters Mill - 1848-Jan-24: John Marshall and a crew building a sawmill at Coloma (about 50 miles up the American River from Sutters Fort) discovers gold tracings in the mill tailrace. Sutter, fearing abandonment by his workers) tries to keep discovery a secret but word eventually leaks out.
Gold Find at Mormon Island - 1848-Mar-11: Mormon workers building a flour mill a few miles downstream from the sawmill discover gold deposits in the area.
First Newspaper Report - 1848-Mar-15: Published in the Californian in San Francisco. The paper later shuts down by May 28 when most of its readers have left town for the hills.
Sam Brannan's Shout - 1848-May-12: This storekeeper and publsher of The California Star buys up all available mining equipment to sell at a steep premium before loudly proclaiming the discovery of gold on the streets of San Francisco. Makes $36,000 in nine weeks.
Gold Find at Feather River - 1848-Jul-4: John Bidwell discovers an enormous amount of gold at Bidwell Bar on the Feather River, the biggest strke in history. He uses funds to purchase much land in California. He later becomes a US Congressman and Presidential Candidate. His mansion in Chico, CA is a historic state park.
California Hears of End of Mexican War - 1848-Aug:
First Near York Newspaper story -1848-Aug-19: New York Herald
First ship of prospectors leaves East Coast - 1848-Nov:
Pres Polk's Speech on Gold - 1848-Dec-5: Boldly declares California Gold discovery in speech to Congress.
First 49'er Wagon Trains Departs -1849-April: After waiting for the Sierra Nevada mountain passes to become snow free, the first wagon trains rush out of Iowa and Missouri.
San Francisco Fire - 1849-Dec-24: Most of city destroyed.
California Statehood - 1850-Sep-9:
Yreka Gold Rush - 1851: - Abraham Thompson's mules pulled up gold flecks with the roots of the grass they were eatingtriggering the Yreka Gold Rush.
Hydraulic Mining Starts - 1853:
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