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Land of Golden Dreams—California in the Gold Rush Decade

San Marino, California—"Boys, I believe I have found a gold mine!" With these simple words, an obscure New Jersey carpenter and mechanic named James W. Marshall set in motion a global cascade of events that dramatically shaped the social and economic life of California and the American West.

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Looking Back


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How to Use BLM’s New Mineral and Land Records System


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Melman on Gold & Silver


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