Cities California's Gold Rush History Tour  

Alby Thompson
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The California Gold Rush loosely refers to a period in the 1840s and 1850s when gold was discovered in California and tens of thousands of people flocked to the state seeking wealth. The period began in January of 1848 when James Marshall discovered gold underneath Sutter's Mill in Coloma, California, near Sacramento. (Coloma itself turned into a small town, Culloma, throughout the period, and is today a popular "ghost town" tourist attraction.) In 1849, President James Polk used the phrase "Gold Rush" to describe the movement West, which brought an estimated 200,000 to California in total. (This explains the derivation of the nickname for people to rushed in to California to earn their fortune - "Forty Niners.") By 1850, the population of the California territory was such that a governor and legislature were chosen and a Constitution drawn up. California would become a state later that year as part of the "Compromise of 1850."

A variety of tours around the state of California will take visitors to historically significant sites from the Gold Rush era. Many of these are located in and around San Francisco, the US city that had the largest population boom during the Gold Rush, changing from a town of about 200 to a bustling city of 36,000 in 6 years. Some of the more notable destinations on a California Gold Rush Tour include Bodie, California, a ghost town that now serves as a state historic park, and Fourth Crossing, founded due to its proximity to rich placer ores but eventually significant as a stagecoach depot.
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Nevada City is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list California's Gold Rush History Tour
California, USA
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Angels Camp Museum and Carriag... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list California's Gold Rush History Tour
Angels Camp Museum and Carriage House Angels Camp, California, USA
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Grass Valley is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list California's Gold Rush History Tour
California, USA
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Museum of the City of San Fran... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list California's Gold Rush History Tour
Museum of the City of San Francisco
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California Mining and Mineral ... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list California's Gold Rush History Tour
California Mining and Mineral Museum
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Marshall Gold Discovery State ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list California's Gold Rush History Tour
Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park
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Bodie is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list California's Gold Rush History Tour
California, USA
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Columbia State Historic Park is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list California's Gold Rush History Tour
Columbia State Historic Park
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Old Sacramento State Historic ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list California's Gold Rush History Tour
Old Sacramento State Historic Park
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Gold Rush History Center is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list California's Gold Rush History Tour
Gold Rush History Center
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Empire Mine State Historic Par... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list California's Gold Rush History Tour
Empire Mine State Historic Park California, USA
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Sutter Creek is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list California's Gold Rush History Tour
Sutter Creek California, USA
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Railtown 1897 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list California's Gold Rush History Tour
Railtown 1897
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Murphys is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list California's Gold Rush History Tour
Murphys California, USA
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Gold Run, California is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list California's Gold Rush History Tour
California, USA
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Hangtown's Gold Bug Park & Min... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list California's Gold Rush History Tour
Hangtown's Gold Bug Park & Mine
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Ironstone Vineyard is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list California's Gold Rush History Tour
Ironstone Vineyard
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Malakoff Diggins State Histori... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list California's Gold Rush History Tour
Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park
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Leland Stanford Mansion State ... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list California's Gold Rush History Tour
Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park
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National Historic Oregon Trail... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list California's Gold Rush History Tour
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Klondike Gold Rush National Hi... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list California's Gold Rush History Tour
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Bidwell Mansion State Historic... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list California's Gold Rush History Tour
Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park Chico, California, USA
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Mokelumne Hill is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list California's Gold Rush History Tour
Mokelumne Hill California, USA
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Mark Twain Cabin, Jackass Hill is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list California's Gold Rush History Tour
Mark Twain Cabin, Jackass Hill
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Amador City is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list California's Gold Rush History Tour
Amador City California, USA