Let’s have fun seeing what you know about one of the highlights of California’s history.
I’m a native Californian. Now that I’m writing historical romances set in the Golden State, my fourth-grade California history lessons are coming in handy.
One event my classmates and I studied was the Gold Rush. I listened with rapt attention as our teacher told us about James Marshall’s discovery of the gold nuggets that sparked a mass migration as people from around the world headed for California’s gold fields.
James Marshall worked for “Captain” John Sutter, a man who played a significant role in the early days of California and forever left his mark on the state. A number of historic landmarks bear his name, including the one where Marshall discovered the gold.
At which of the landmarks pictured did Marshall find the nuggets? Cast your vote below.
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To make this guessing game more fun, use only your current knowledge rather than performing a search on Google or making a dash for your reference books.
I’ll update the post over the weekend to include the answer, so you could check back Monday. I’ll also provide a link to this post at the end of next Friday’s quiz. If you view that post, you’ll be able to click the link and see which of the choices above is the correct one.
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Update and Answer
James Marshall discovered the gold nuggets that launched the Gold Rush at Sutter’s Mill in Coloma, California. He was Sutter’s partner and was overseeing the building of the mill on the South Fork of the American River. On the morning of January 24, 1848, Marshall made his history-making discovery when he was inspecting the mill’s tailrace.
For more information, visit the Coloma Valley Gold Discovery site.
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