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Gold discovered in California

California Gold Areas, 1857, zoomable map
James Wilson Marshall finds gold nuggets in a branch of the Sacramento River on property owned by John Augustus Sutter.  The discovery sets off the California Gold Rush the following year. (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Joseph Nathan Kane, ed., Famous First Facts (New York: H.W. Wilson Company, 1981), 286.


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