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California Gold Rush

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Social Studies +4 Age Levels Middle School (13 to 15 years old), Primary (5 to 8 years old)
Was the gold rush of 1849 a boon for California? Why or why not? What were the short-term and long-term benefits and detriments of the gold rush? What are the similarities and differences between the California gold rush and the Marcellus Shale gas boon in Pennsylvania? What lessons can we learn from the California gold rush that translates to the current Marcellus Shale natural gas boon in Pennsylvania?

33c California Gold Rush single

National Postal Museum

Heading--Chapter III "Sutter's Gold"

Smithsonian American Art Museum

John Augustus Sutter, Portrait Of, (painting)

Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums

Gold Nugget

National Museum of American History

Conestoga Wagon

National Museum of American History

Ship Model, Steam Schooner Royal

National Museum of American History

Miners in the Sierras

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Carleton Watkins

National Portrait Gallery

Yreka Miner, (sculpture)

Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums

Van Valen's Gold Rush Journey

SI Center for Learning and Digital Access

Stories from the Gold Rush

SI Center for Learning and Digital Access

United States, 20 Dollars, 1849 (Pattern)

National Museum of American History

10 Dollar Miners Bank Coin, 1849

National Museum of American History

Three gold rarities that escaped the melting pot

National Museum of American History