Gold Rush: 6 letters saved through the years written by Joseph Barton about his journey from Pennsylvania to the gold fields in California -- fascinating real history written in 1852!
(Also, look at a similar page with letters from Everett Barton about his journey from Missouri to the gold fields in the Klondike in 1897)
Gold Rush: A short history and important dates
Gold Rush Exhibits: online exhibits from the Museum of the City of San Francisco
Gold Rush History: all sorts of links to web pages about the gold rush
Untold Stories of the Gold Rush: from the Oakland Museum of California
Women in the Gold Rush: learn about women who were in the gold rush
State Historic Parks:
Marshall Gold Discovery Park
The picture shows a large gold nugget from the Eureka Mine in Tuolumne
County, California. The nugget is in the Smithsonian.