The Gold Rush had good and bad benefits, and most of
them were good for California. Some of the good benefits were
population increased rapidly and eventually, California became a state.
This was good because California got a
government and real rules and
laws were created. All the people coming to California for the
gold rush helped cities like
San Francisco and Sacramento gradually
expand. Some of the bad benefits were that some of California’s rivers
polluted due to non stop mining. Some types of mining like
hydraulic mining destroyed cliffsides and washed out valleys.
Washing out farmlands was bad because the farmer’s farmed the crop and food
there. Without food, people would starve.
The miners created a machine
and called it hydraulic mining. Water was shot out of a long tube that
mountainsides. This method polluted rivers and destroyed
natural cliff formations.
Due to all the people coming to California for the gold rush,
people had to quickly set up homes and hotels. This proved to
difficult and many miners had to sleep in tents on their claims. But,
some miners wanted to sleep on their claims
and protect them from being
claim jumped. Since so many people were coming for the gold rush, a lot
of shops, hotels, and
businesses were making money. This helped
California’s economy because when people made money, others wanted to
start selling stuff too. This was a good thing for the people selling
items because prices were very high and businesses were
reasonable amount of money. The gold rush was good for California and
overall was very successful.