1. This Victorian-Era Performer Learned that the Stage Life in the American West Wasn’t All Applause and Bouquets

    By Carolyn Grattan Eichin The California Gold Rush. The very words evoked the strong reaction of an American populace driven by adventure and a lust for easy riches. Drawn inexorably west in the wake of the Jan. 24, 1848, strike at Sutter’s Mill were argonauts from every walk of l
  2. It's Levi Strauss Day | February 26th, 2024

    Levi Strauss Day marks the birthday of Levi Strauss, the founder of Levi Strauss & Co., the first company to make blue jeans. Born in Buttenheim, Bavaria, on February 26, 1829, Strauss immigrated to New York City in 1848, with his mother and two sisters. He joined two of his olde
  3. This Madam Would Stop at Nothing to Save Her Man

    By John Boessenecker “She was a voluptuous creature.” So said veteran San Francisco police detective Ben Bohen in 1890 when recalling Belle Cora (depicted at right), the most notorious woman of Gold Rush–era California. The beautiful and cultured Cora ran San Francisco’s preeminen
  4. Gold in Them Thar Hills

    On this day in history, 176 years ago, January 24, 1848, James Wilson Marshall, who had been contracted by John Augustus Sutter to build a sawmill, discovered gold in the channel that was being excavated for the water needed to run the waterwheel at the mill, the first event of m
  5. It's Talk Like a Grizzled Prospector Day | January 24th, 2024

    Talk Like a Grizzled Prospector Day commemorates the start of the California Gold Rush, which began on January 24, 1848, when James Marshall discovered gold while building a saw mill for John Sutter, near what is now Coloma, California. The day has its roots in International Talk