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California Gold Rush Definition Amp Facts Britannica

2020-5-23GOLD RUSH OF 1849 On January 24 1848 a New Jersey prospector James Marshall discovered gold on the American River in northern California while he was working on a sawmill owned by John Sutter. When news of the discovery leaked out there was a mass migration to California and in subsequent years a fortune in gold was mined. Historian Malcolm J. Source for information on Gold Rush of 1849

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