1. Over 300,000 people rushed to California to find gold and " strike it rich". 2. The store and business owners who sold supplies to the miners often became wealthier then the miners. 3. Around 6,000 people arrived in 1848 and in 1849 around 90,000 people arrived to hunt for gold.
1. Many of the first prospectors did make a lot of money. They often made ten times in a day what they could make working a normal job. 2. One method miners used to separate gold from dirt and gravel was called panning.
1. The cities of San Francisco and Columbia are two examples of boomtowns durning the gold rush.
This applies to the EQ: What are some reasons people moved west? Because the people wanted to move west to find lots of gold and become rich.