#TravelTuesday – California Gold Country!


We were inspired by the California Gold Rush for this #TravelTuesday. It seems that most of the time when people think of California they think of things like wine (Napa!), the beach, and celebrity culture (Kardashians?). What tends to get overlooked is an amazing part of California’s history, the Gold Rush.

Welcome to California

If you’re itching to head to the west coast but don’t want to visit somewhere too expected, think about heading to the California Gold Country. This area is located on the western side of the Sierra Nevada mountain range and encompasses the capital city of Sacramento in addition to smaller towns like Coloma, Columbia, Sonora, Sutter Creek, and Weaverville.

Not only is this area of California one of the less expensive ones to visit, but it seems to have something for everyone (Fodors, LonelyPlanet and TripAdvisor can help guide you). Check out Back Roads California, one of our eBooks for various California driving tours, including one focused on “Gold Country.”

One of our databases, U.S. History in Context has a special page devoted to the California Gold Rush with access to primary sources, academic articles, images, etc. Plus there are some of the titles in our collection you might want to grab:

The Age of Gold

The Age of Gold: California and the New American Dream by H.W. Brands
F 865 .B76 2002

American Alchemy

American Alchemy: The California Gold Rush and Middle-Class Culture by Brian Roberts
SCC eBook

The Gold Rush

The Gold Rush edited by J.D. Lloyd
F 865 .G667 2002

Roaring Camp

Roaring Camp: The Social World of the California Gold Rush by Susan Lee Johnson
F 865 .J675 2000

The Rush

The Rush: America’s Fevered Quest for Fortune, 1848-1853 by Edward Dolnick
F 865 .D65 2014

They Saw the Elephant

They Saw the Elephant: Women in the California Gold Rush by JoAnn Levy
F 865 .L67 1992

With Golden Visions Bright Before Them

With Golden Visions Bright Before Them: Trails to the Mining West, 1849-1852 by Will Bagley
F 597 .B15 2012 v.2

The World Rushed In

The World Rushed In: The California Gold Rush Experience by J.S. Holliday
F 865 .H69


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