Sutter’s Mill & the California Gold Rush

On January 24, 1848, James Wilson Marshall, a carpenter originally from New Jersey, found flakes of gold in the American River at the base of the Sierra Nevada Mountains near Coloma, California. At the time, Marshall was working to build a water-powered sawmill owned by John Sutter. The news of gold brought approximately 300,000 people to California from the rest of the United States and … Continue reading Sutter’s Mill & the California Gold Rush