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1 Objective: To examine the causes and effects of the boomtowns and ghost towns of the West.

2 Gold and Silver Strikes
- The CA Gold Rush began in 1849, attracting thousands of gold hunters known as forty-niners.

3 Audio: The Story of Levi Strauss & Co.
Above: Levis clothing Below: Levis Logo Audio: The Story of Levi Strauss & Co.

4 Major "Strikes" in the California Gold Rush
In 1852 the take for the year was $80 million ($1.9 billion in 2005 dollars). 1. Sutter's Mill/Coloma - Jan. 24, 1848 James Marshall kicked off the California gold rush when he spotted some pea-sized bits of gold in a mill raceway. The news brought thousands of prospectors to the area, but neither Marshall nor his employer John Sutter prospered from the find. 8. Comstock Lode | 1859 The discovery of silver on the other side of the Sierras in Nevada brought an end to the California gold rush; at its height, about $80 million (some $1.9 billion in 2005 dollars) had been pulled annually from the gold fields, but that figure had fallen by almost half when the Comstock Lode was discovered.

5 Gold and silver mines were discovered throughout the West.
Thousands of miners from the U.S., Europe, Mexico, and China flocked to the West. Audio: A Miner’s Life Chinese miners working an abandoned tailing. White and Chinese miners hoping to strike it rich during the California Gold Rush at Auburn Ravine in 1852.

6 A Song Sung by the Forty - Niners
I came from Salam city with a wash bowl on my knee, I am going to California, the Gold dust for to see. It rained all night the day I left, the weather it was dry, the sun so hot I froze to death, oh brothers don't you cry. Oh California that's the land for me; I'm going to Sacramento with a wash bowl on my knee. I'll be in San Francisco soon and then I'll look around, and when I see the gold lumps there, I'll pick them off the ground. I'll scrap the mountains clean my boys, I'll drain the rivers dry, a pocketful of rocks bring home, so brothers don't you cry.

7 Boomtowns - towns that grew up near major mining sites
· Some boom towns developed into cities, such as Denver, CO, and Reno, NV. Reno, Nevada 1997 Reno, Nevada c.1868

8 Boomtown - The General Store, Corinne, Boxelder Co., Utah

9 Dogs hauling gold from the boom-town of Iditarod, Alaska
Iditarod Gold Sled (1912) Dogs hauling gold from the boom-town of Iditarod, Alaska

10 · Many of these new towns became abandoned ghost towns when the ore disappeared.
Silver City, Idaho


12 · Mexican and Chinese miners faced severe discrimination.
Tens of thousands of Chinese immigrants came to San Francisco, California, in the 1850s to participate in the gold rush. However, anti-Chinese racial prejudices among miners grew in the midst of the gold frenzy. Further anti-Chinese sentiment hampered economic prospects as Chinese miners were only allowed to work on sites abandoned by white miners.

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