California Gold Rush
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Handbill advertising steamship travel to California, 1849.
Effects of hydraulic mining in Nevada County, California.
Deposits from Gold Rush-era hydraulic mining—"the slickens"—remain visible today in NASA satellite images taken of the Yuba River goldfields.
Forty-Niner with gold pan.
A Chinese miner in California.
Masts of abandoned ships line San Francisco harbor, 1849. Ships could not leave the port because all sailors rushed to the gold fields.