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  • A total of $2 billion worth of gold was extracted from the San Francisco area during the Gold Rush, which peaked in 1852.
  • Hi there!
  • Where did you move from?
  • By the end of 1849, the non-native population of the California territory was some 100,000 (compared with the pre-1848 figure of less than 1,000).
  • Oregon 
  • I payed almost 200 dollars to get here.
  • BANK
  • On January 24, 1848, James Wilson Marshall, a carpenter originally from New Jersey, found flakes of gold in the American River at the base of the Sierra Nevada Mountains near Coloma, California
  • I found gold!!!
  • Throughout 1849, people around the United States (mostly men) borrowed money, mortgaged their property or spent their life savings to make the arduous journey to California.
  • Though gold mining continued throughout the 1850s, it had reached its peak by 1852, when some $81 million was pulled from the ground
  • Settlement in California continued and by the end of the decade the state’s population was 380,000.
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