By nasty an wear
The California gold rush attracted lots of people. The journey was hard. The donner party didn't make it, they went on what they thought was a short cut and got lost and snowed in. 42 of the 87 died. The travelers were called the forty niners.
the miners that made the journey started prospecting imiditaly .placer miners were the most common miner out of the group,they panned for gold not digging for gold.john shutters was the first person to start a colony in the gold rush parts