Vintage Photos of California Gold Rush Territory

Men panning for gold in the Yuba River. California,
Men panning for gold in the Yuba River. California,
Gold Mine buildings on the Stanislaus river.  Melones, California
Gold Mine buildings on the Stanislaus river. Melones, California
In the grocery store called 'Volcano', oldtimers who have spent their lives in the worked -out gold fields play a game of poker at twilights.  Volcano, California 1948
In the grocery store called ‘Volcano’, oldtimers who have spent their lives in the worked -out gold fields play a game of poker at twilights. Volcano, California 1948
California Gold Rush Country
California Gold Rush Country
California Gold Rush Country
California Gold Rush Country
California Gold Rush Country
California Gold Rush Country
Tom Purdy, 87, hunts for gold in the Morgan mine where the largest nugget in U.S. history was found in 1854. California
Tom Purdy, 87, hunts for gold in the Morgan mine where the largest nugget in U.S. history was found in 1854.
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Gold miners emerge from a shaft of the Empire Mine at Grass Valley.  California
Gold miners emerge from a shaft of the Empire Mine at Grass Valley. California
Assay office testing ore samples in the gold country.  The gold is smelted into ingots and forwards it for sale to the U.S. mint in San Francisco.  Nevada City, California
Assay office testing ore samples in the gold country. The gold is smelted into ingots and forwards it for sale to the U.S. mint in San Francisco. Nevada City, California
Gold Rush neon sign for a bar in Jackson, California.
Gold Rush neon sign for a bar in Jackson, California.

LIFE’s Herbert Gehr visited gold-mining towns in the Sierra Nevada foothills just before the 100th anniversary of the discovery of gold there on Jan. 24, 1848 (via Life)