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John Stone with gold mining pan ca. 1939.
John Stone with gold mining pan, around 1939

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Gold Discovered in California
January 24, 1848

Many people in California figured gold was there, but it was James W. Marshall on January 24, 1848, who saw something shiny in Sutter Creek near Coloma, California. He had discovered gold unexpectedly while overseeing construction of a sawmill on the American River.
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