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The Gold Rush of 1849 sparked one of the fastest growing economies in western America.
Many people left their families in order to go make a fortune mining gold in California.
Some weren't willing to risk not finding any gold, so many started businesses in order to profit off of the gold miners who did strike it rich.
The profits made by these miners totaled in millions of dollars for years.
Thievery and robberies were common, as well as shady businesses like brothels and prostitution. That's why far western cities are wealthy and often have robberies and businesses like gambling, etc.
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