Presentation on theme: "Famous People of the California Gold Rush"— Presentation transcript:
1 Famous People of the California Gold Rush This show will supplement material covered by the S.S. textbook. This PP is an original compilation, as I was not able to find a pre-existing one on this particular subject.Compiled byKimberley MaywaldFebruary, 2007
2 Do you recognize any of these people? Photo credits will appear on a separate resource slide at the end of the show.Ask class if they recognize any of the pictures. You can click on any picture to link to its page without viewing entire show.Students will probably remember Wells and Fargo from the Open Court story we read about them earlier in the year.Some students may recognize Mark Twain. I anticipate that most of the pictures will be unfamiliar to the class, although hopefully they will recognize the names (at least of the men…).These were all people who became famous without mining for gold!
3 John Sutter Envisioned an agricultural empire near the American River Wanted discovery of gold kept secretNever did appreciate the opportunities of the Gold Rush, and left California pennilessAction button links to United Streaming video re: discovery of gold at Sutter’s mill.
4 James Marshall Discovered gold pebbles while building Sutter’s Mill Feared the effects of potential prospectors, who eventually forced him off his landAlso died nearly penniless
5 Henry Wells and William Fargo Decided to profit from Gold Rush by providing services to minersCreated Wells, Fargo & Co. for banking, mail, and stage coach servicesGenerated tremendous wealth as entrepreneurs
6 Levi Strauss Ran a successful dry-goods store Patented canvas pants with riveted pocketsNow called Levis
7 Mark Twain Born Samuel Clemens Headed West for the Gold Rush Became a famous writer of his experiencesAction button links to United Streaming video re: Twain and chronicles of experiences
8 Sam Brannan Bought all mining tools in area Announced gold was found Made a fortune selling tools, then other necessities, to minersBecame a millionaire
9 Lotta Crabtree Began acting on stages at age 6 Made lots of money entertaining minersLater traveled the world
10 Nellie Chapman Married a dentist and studied dentistry from him Later practiced as a dentist with her own patientsShe also wrote and composed: a talented lady!
11 Eliza Farnham As a young widow, she was matron of Sing Sing prison Believed women would “civilize” the minersAdvocated social reforms
12 Georgiana Kirby A pioneer of Santa Cruz during the Gold Rush Advocated education, freedom, and equal rights for allHas a private school named for her
13 Resources Picture credits: All ClipArt from Microsoft ClipArt Sam Brannan, William Fargo, James Marshall, Levis Strauss, John Sutter, & Henry Wells from en.wikipedia.orgMark Twain:Eliza Farnham & Georgiana Kirby:Nellie Chapman:Lotta Crabtree:Information:Most of the information regarding the men came from the PBS movie “The Gold Rush”, directed by Boettcher & Trinklein, 1996.Nellie Chapman:Video Clips from United Streaming:chp and chp905920Excellent sites for the Gold Rush: