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

Construction Begins on the Golden Gate Bridge

Construction of the Golden Gate Bridge in California on January 5, 1933. The suspension bridge would be completed on April 19, 1937, and opened on May 27, 1937, spanning the Golden Gate — a one-mile-wide (1.6 km) strait connecting San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean. The structure links the city of San Francisco at the northern tip of the San Francisco Peninsula to Marin County, carrying … Continue reading Construction Begins on the Golden Gate Bridge