It 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.


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