The California Gold Rush was bad for California. It
was bad because the miners polluted the environment. The miners
polluted the environment by throwing garbage in the rivers. They washed
off the mountainsides when they were hydraulic mining. The California
Gold Rush was also bad for California because miners died. An example
is when miners got hung and died. Miners sometimes got angry at each
other so they shot at each other, and then one miner was killed
or both were. Miners could also die when they were lode mining. This
could kill them. When they blew the explosives they could get trapped
in the mine that was underground. Miners could die when there was a
fire, and they got stuck in their own tent of fire.
Some of the death
issues were solved when California became a state. Bennett Riley was
the last military governor of California. He arranged for the
constitutional convention to be held starting on September 1, 1849.
California made its own laws such as if a woman owned land and married
a man, the land could remain hers. This benefitted women because if
they wanted the land to do something on it they could, and her husband
couldn’t argue. The land might have been family owned before, so she
could do anything independently. On September 9, 1850, California
became a state. From that day on, not as many deaths occured. There are
a lot of things that make the California Gold Rush bad for California
except for when California became a state.