These 14 Rare Photos Show Northern California’s Mining History Like Never Before

The California Gold Rush put Northern California on the map when John Marshall discovered gold in 1848 in Coloma. We’ve all heard what happened next – the wild and woeful years of the Gold Rush when miners headed out west in droves to strike it rich, with only a few actually earning their fortunes. It was an unruly place, but eventually families and settlers followed the men and Northern California was developed into the place it is today.

It’s a tale all Northern Californians know and love, but we are still fascinated by images like the ones below from the Gold Rush era.

For more Northern California history, you might like this article on an abandoned lighthouse near Crescent City.