The Impact Of The California Gold Rush

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The Gold Rush’s Lasting Legacy on the Environment The California Gold Rush from 1848 to 1855 was a time filled with excitement and prosperity, in which thousands of people came to California to pull gold from the now Sierra Mountains. Gold was one of the most sought-after mineral on this planet, often treasured for its monetary and aesthetic value. Gold has been a rarity due to its difficulty in extracting and refining. Gold is often only extracted through placer mining, hydraulic mining, and lode mining. The promise of a fortune, and the mass migration left a lasting legacy in California’s history. However, the biggest lasting legacy left was the processes that were time consuming, heath risking, and environmental damaging. The California Gold Rush began with settler James Marshall who discovered gold in central California. News of this was broadcasted in all parts of America, thus resulting thousands of people traveling to California in hope of striking rich in gold. People first set up small camps along rivers and streams to mine for gold. The town-like communities were often migrating wherever the gold was found. As more gold was found with the upcoming year mining methods were evolved. Mining was broken down into three methods, placer mining was one of the first methods used to extract gold from lakes and streams. Placer mining can be done with simple tools like gold pans. The ideology behind the placer method was using gold’s density and gravity to separate between
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