“We’re in Coloma, California. The man Mr. Sutter hired to build the sawmill for him was named James Marshall. Rusher worked for Mr. Marshall, helping to build the sawmill. They were building Mr. Sutter’s mill near the river you fell into when you got here. While Mr. Marshall and Rusher were building the sawmill, they were digging in the river to make a trench to carry the water from the river to the mill. When Rusher and Mr. Marshall were in the river, they saw these flakes and little gravel-sized pieces that turned out to be pure gold.” Max held her fingers in the air. “They weren’t any bigger than my fingernail, but pure, solid gold.”
“Wow, pure gold,” Emma repeated.
“That was the start of the Gold Rush. Mr. Marshall and Mr. Sutter tried to keep it quiet at first, but it only took a few months before everyone in the area knew. After everyone that lived or worked around here found out, they started telling everyone all over the country. In a few more months, tons of people came and started looking for gold,” Max explained.
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