Gold Fever (continued)      Click image to see larger view


L. Scherer, color lithograph, Travail en Californie, Paris, 185-?, RB 183903

Untroubled by their lack of first-hand information, many illustrators in Europe and the United States produced imaginative visions of life in El Dorado to feed insatiable public curiosity. This French lithograph, Travail en Californie (Work in California), portrays gold mining as a surprisingly dainty operation carried out under swaying palm trees.

"Incidents from California," in National Intelligencer, Washington, D.C., February 20, 1849, RB 11137

Newspapers all over the United States found the Gold Rush an inexhaustible source of items for their columns in the early months of 1849. Many, like the National Intelligencer of Washington, D.C., reported on the departure of emigrant companies for the goldfields and published excerpts from letters describing the effects of gold fever.



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