"Gold! Gold! Gold from the American River!" Samuel Brannan, running through the streets of San Francisco waving a bottle of gold dust in the air, 1848.
The next day, the town’s newspaper described San Francisco as a “ghost town.” Sam Brannan quickly became California’s first millionaire, selling supplies to the miners as they passed through Sutter’s Fort. The gold rush was on!
Let's go search for gold! Santa Clara County Library District has books and videos to help you experience the gold rush:
Here is a video available in a resource, Kanopy, provided by Santa Clara County Library:
If you have a question, please contact the Santa Clara County Library District via Ask a Librarian.