all started with James Marshall when he got hired by John Sutter to
build a sawmill. One day he found a piece of gold about the size of
a pea. This is how the California gold rush started. The gold rush also
impacted the government of California and the environment. It had a
huge impact on health and businesses. It made a huge destruction on the
environment. In the process, California’s population increased and
became the 31st state. Businesses boomed with all the gold miners
buying supplies to mine.