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California Gold Rush Images

Ships to California!

Handbill advertising steamship travel to California, 1849.

Hydraulic Mining: Environmental Disaster

Effects of hydraulic mining in Nevada County, California.

"The Slickens"

Deposits from Gold Rush-era hydraulic mining—"the slickens"—remain visible today in NASA satellite images taken of the Yuba River goldfields.

Panning For Gold

Forty-Niner with gold pan.

From China to Gold Mountain

A Chinese miner in California.

No Crew Available

Masts of abandoned ships line San Francisco harbor, 1849. Ships could not leave the port because all sailors rushed to the gold fields.

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