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Old West TV: James Marshall and the Gold Rush

Dakota talks about Dr. George GoodfellowThis episode of Chronicle of the Old West TV Dakota Livesay tells us about the California Gold Rush and James Marshal. Here is some info on the man:

James Wilson Marshall (October 8, 1810 – August 10, 1885) was an American carpenter and sawmill operator, who reported the finding of gold at Coloma on the American River in California on January 24, 1848, the impetus for the California Gold Rush. The mill property was owned by Johann (John) Sutter who employed Marshall to build his mill. The wave of gold seekers turned everyone’s attention away from the mill which eventually fell into disrepair and was never used as intended. Neither Marshall nor Sutter ever profited from the gold find.

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