The California Gold Rush: The Start Of The California Gold Rush

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The gold rush was where the start of all the mining in the west began. Prospectors came from all over the nation in hopes of finding their riches. In the late 1850s, the California gold was starting to become harder and harder to find. Some of the prospectors left California in hopes of finding gold elsewhere. The prospectors that left California had found gold in several different areas including South Dakotas Black Hills, Nevada and parts of the Colorado Rockies. As word got out of these findings, more than just prospectors congregated to the mines examples including traders, bar keepers, and even people from around the world. After a few years passed, Congress passed The General Mining Act of 1872 which allowed companies to mine on federal