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The California Gold Rush!!!


California has a long and rich history. When using the word rich the California Gold Rush comes to mind. It occurred between 1845 and 1855. Approximately 300,000 people half by sea and half from the east came in search of a fortune. The gold seekers were called "forty-niners". Initially the gold nuggets could be picked up off the ground and were later obtained using the panning method. To read more about the full history of the California Gold Rush visit and

How can we recreate the Gold Rush experience today? Los Angeles has several fun options for the explorer in all of us. Go ahead and visit The Autry in Griffith Park. The exhibit is open every Saturday and Sunday between 11:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m (weather permitting) and is free with museum admissions. You can shout “Eureka!” and discover the myths and realities of the California gold rush for yourself. You can try your hand at panning for gold at an outdoor re-creation of a miner's panning station. For more information visit

Another amazing stop is the Bodie State Historic Park. It is the home of a California gold-mining ghost town. You can literally walk down the deserted streets of a town that once had a population of nearly 10,000 people. The town was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1961, and in 1962 became Bodie State Historic Park.

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Posted on Feb 03 2012

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