Unlike other American westward movements, gold seekers came not to settle, but to take. For the 49ers, the trek was more an adventure than commitment.
California Gold Rush
They came by the tens of thousands from around the nation, riding on horseback or wagon train, steaming around Cape Horn, hacking their way across the isthmus of Panama or walking through the scrubby desert of northern Mexico. The destination was Northern California, their sights were on gold, and for many, the hardships meant little when compared with the riches that awaited them. This exciting section explains the epic story of the 49ers. Read more.
Road To Recovery
Road to Recovery is an ongoing series reported by The Sacramento Bee in partnership with Capital Public Radio. The series looks at industries, companies and people likely to pull the region from recession and provide new jobs. High school students will find this series relavent and informative as they get ready to plan their careers. Read more.
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