The gold rush started in Januray 24, 1848 (1848 - 1855). The gold rush started in California. The first people to hear about the gold rush were the were the people in Oreagon, Hawii, and Latin America. People came to Califorina mostly to mine for gold like gold nuggets. The reason why they mined in California was because their was a lot gold their like in the streams and ground.