When gold was found at Sutter`s Mill by James W. Marshall, events were set into motion that were to greatly change the California of the 1840`s and far beyond. See the routes taken by hopeful Easterners and immigrants to arrive at the gold fields by land and by sea. Examine a map to learn the most famous sites of the Gold Rush era. Read about the entrepreneurs who made their fortunes, not by digging for gold but by offering goods and services to those who did. These men included Levi Strauss, Philip Armour, John Studebaker, Leland Sanford, Collis P. Huntington, Mark Hopkins, and Charles Crocker. Learn about the Chinese immigrants and their role in the gold rush, as well as the other nationalities who came to be part of the history of the era. Read about the varied experience of women in the towns and in the camps, and about the work and lives of the men and children who came West as part of the rush for gold. Read about the different ways to mine gold and where in the U.S. you can go to try to mine your own.