How many prospectors got rich during the California gold rush?

 

How many prospectors got rich during the California gold rush?

Carl Justice
Baltimore, Maryland

Hard to say, but it’s probably about the same percentage as those who win the big lottery today. Most who boasted “California or Bust” came home saying “Busted by God.”

Certainly, folks like George Hearst made fortunes from their mining efforts.

Others got rich by “mining the miners.”  Levi Strauss sold clothing, John M. Studebaker offered wagons and Henry Wells and William Fargo provided shipping and banking. Each made money by thinking outside the box.

Related Posts

  • rush-to-gold_Malcolm-J-Rohrbough

    The California Gold Rush never stops inspiring stories, and now we have Malcolm J. Rohrbough’s…

  • Angel's Camp California true west

    One of the stranger gold strike stories comes from Angels Camp, California in 1856. Bennager…

  • This is a powerful, American melodrama with strong, fearless characters willing to endure anything to…