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These 11 Rare Photos Show San Francisco’s Gold Mining History Like Never Before

The California Gold Rush was monumental and changed the course of American history, and certainly California. The mining pictures from the Gold Rush are generally from 1848–1890. The people in these pictures were part of the 300,000 or so people who came to to California from the rest of the USA and abroad to mine for gold. Now, let’s take at these 11 rare photos showing San Francisco’s Gold Mining History!

Let us know what you think of these rare historical photos. If you’re interested in history then read more about What San Francisco Looked Like Around 100 Years Ago… It May Surprise You.

Julian Garr
San Francisco-based freelance writer doing ESL. I love traveling, exploring, and coffee.