The California Gold Rush
By: Zack McCoy
Famous People From The Gold Rush
John Sutter hired a carpenter, named James Marshall, to build a mill for him which led to the discovery of gold. James Marshall is the carpenter John hired to build the mill. While working one day, he saw specks of gold floating in the river the mill was to be built on. Samuel Brannan saw people paying for things at Sutter's mill with gold. With this knowledge, he purchased all of the mining equipment he could afford, ran through the streets of San Francisco shouting," gold on the American river," and then became a millionaire reselling the mining gear for 10 x its original price. Levi Strauss invented Levi's(Jeans), a strong pair of pants that were made from denim, for miners.Henry Wells and William Fargo created Wells,Fargo & co. In order to help miners with banking, mail, and stage coach services.