The discovery of gold in California in 1848 generated an influx of people to the area from other parts of the United States as well as from other countries. View the video clips below to see the effects the Gold Rush had on the state of California and the country.
Marcia Eymann visited the Center for Sacramento History and talked about the California gold rush. The California gold rush began in 1848, when gold was found at Sutter’s Mill in Coloma, California. The news of gold brought 300,000 people from across the U.S. and abroad to California.