The Gold Rush of 1849 by Justin Kelly.For my project I have chosen The Gold Rush of 1849. This group moved westward in 1848 through 1855.

The Gold miners benefited from the move west because they thought they could become rich and some were able to do so. Everyone one who traveled to California had the possibility to mine for gold.

Many people wanted to become rich. Some of these people came from Arizona, Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming, and even as far as China.

The 3 important people I chose are Thomas Fallon, Samuel Brannan, and Charles Crocker.

Thomas Fallon took cargo of iron picks to sell them to the gold miners
This is Samuel Brannan and he was a journalist.
Charles Crocker was an American Railroad Executive.

gold miners moved west because in San Francisco in 1848 word traveled that many people had started finding gold while they were mining.

most of the people moved west to California.

The journey was long but it was made shorter by the railroad tracks that were being laid. They weren't entirely finished, so although it was kind of a shorter trip, it was still harsh because of the weather. Just like in the Trail of Tears, diseases and water contamination killed people who were working. People from overseas were put to work destroying mountains, and not everyone found gold because it is so rare and hard to find. Since everyone was trying to find gold, it would have been hard because of all the competition.

westward expansion PDF on computer given by teacher

The American Textbook pager 297-299

Paper encyclopedia entry on gold rush

history channel video on Gold Rush

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