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Goldminers Gold Rush Miners ~ California 1850 Famous Vintage Photographs & Photos Striking It Rich! Gold Miners using sluice to find nuggets and gold dust.

The discovery of gold nuggets in the Sacramento Valley in early 1848 sparked the Gold Rush. California Gold Rush Pictures: Gold Washing in California


This Week in History: May 20-24

May 20, 1873, Levi's patent for blue jeans. Bavarian-born Levi Strauss headed to San Francisco in 1850. Lured by the Gold Rush, he hoped to strike it rich. He did — in denim, not gold. The savvy businessman began adding rivets to sturdy canvas for the 49ers to wear as work pants. He switched to a French material, genes, which Strauss dubbed jeans. The rest is history. (AP Photo)