When a small flake of yellowish metal found in the mill race at Sutter's Fort proved to be gold, the news flashed around the world. Across the desert in covered wagons, in oxcarts, by boat—every way possible the people poured into California, suffering hunger and cold and all manner of privations in their efforts to reach the golden sands.
Here, in fascinating pictures and lively text, is the story of that glamorous and stirring period. May McNeer's engaging narrative follows Bill Thompson, from Maryland, Enoch Crane, from New Hampshire, and Johnny Cardwell, from Missouri, three typical youthful prospectors, in their long and difficult search for the precious metal. The many colorful and dramatic illustrations by Lynd Ward give added life to this fascinating story of that thrilling period in our history
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