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Gold Rush Medical Practices, Part 1: A Hazardous Journey to a Perilous Place

Gold Rush Medical Practices, Part 1: A Hazardous Journey to a Perilous Place

This is the first in a two-part series about medical care during the California Gold Rush, adapted by historian Sharon Marovich from the writings of longtime Tuolumne County Historian Carlo M. De Ferrari.

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Gold Rush History: 49er Scams Exposed

Gold Rush History: 49er Scams Exposed

Those who have dug gold in the Mother Lode – day after day for hours on end – know just how hard it is for a placer miner to earn an honest living, which is probably why so many 49ers

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Gold Rush History: A Land of Golden Opportunities & World-Class Hoaxes

California has always been part reality and part fantasy. Since the days of the Gold Rush, it has been known as the land of infinite opportunity – and home to some of the world’s greatest hoaxes. A classic instance of

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Gold Rush History: Lost Gold Mines of the Sierra Nevada

Was he a talented treasure hunter or the crazy son of an English lord? Only Thomas Stoddart knew for sure.

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Gold Rush History, Vigilantes: Problem or Solution?

When vigilance committees first appeared in Tuolumne County, they were surprisingly organized, professional,fair-minded groups made up of respectable citizens.

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Gold Rush History: How the West Went Broke

Many hardworking gold miners lost their entire savings, except for what they had secretly buried in jars, tin cans and Dutch ovens around their claims.

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Gold Rush History: Amazing Stories of Luck in the Diggings

The Mother Lode was once a risk-takers’ paradise – a wild and carefree place where a man’s pile of gold was more the doing of chance than of skillful mining practices. This led to lively times in our foothills when

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Gold Rush History: Gossip from the Diggings

In the wild and carefree days of the gold rush, the diggings were abuzz with unusual stories like these: It was rumored in 1849 that a Frenchman on the Tuolumne River found a 34-pound nugget that drove him crazy. Whenever

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Gold Rush History: Performing Pets of the Mother Lode

Sierra wildlife should play starring roles in stories that recount our foothills’ history, but seldom do we hear about these loveable creatures, these all-but-forgotten creatures, these stage-struck creatures that performed amazing tricks in the diggings and brought smiles to a

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