Prices during the Gold Rush


Depending on where a gold miner was, the prices during the gold rush varied. One thing was for sure though and that was that the prices were quite expensive. To get an idea of the prices back in the time of the gold rush, check out the three different lists below.

 

 

 

 

A price list from an 1848 mining camp:

 one-pound of coffee $40.00 
one pair of boots  $100.00 
a piece of candy   $0.50
needle and thread   $7.50
can of sardines   $16.00
 bread  $2.00
 one-half pound of cheese  $3.00
 one-pound of beans  $10.00
 one-pound of butter  $6.00
2 bottles of juice   $16.00
shirt   $20.00
pan, for gold   $15.00
 pickax  $50.00
overalls   $45.00
 one-pound of sausage  $5.00
 one-dozen eggs  $3.00

 

 

Here is a price list from Angels Camp in 1850:

 ground coffee $5.00 
9 pounds of pork $2.70 
25 pounds of flour   $5.00
4 pounds of beef  $1.20
1 jar of pickles  $1.00
 1 pint of molasses  $0.50
2 pounds of sugar  $0.60
2 pounds of potatoes  $0.25
 1 cradle  $18.00
1 pan   $2.00
1 dipper   $1.25
1 bucket  $1.00
2 pickaxes  $10.50
1 shovel  $11.00
 1 pair of boots  $10.00
 2 shirts  $5.00
 pants  $8.25
 2 blankets $10.00 
 1 canvas tent  $30.00
 2 candles  $0.50
 1 mule  $65.00

 

 

And this price list is from Sam Brannan's store in Sacramento:

 Beef $0.50  a pound 
 Mutton $1.00 a pound  
 Veal $0.75 a pound  
Pork  $1.00 a pound  
Chicken   $16.00 each
 Mackerel  $1.00 a pound 
 Coffee $0.55 a pound 
 Tea  $5.00 a pound
 Flour  $0.75 a pound
Sugar   $0.65 a pound
Potatoes  $1.00 a pound
 Onions  $1.00 a pound
Eggs   $0.85 each
Molasses   $4.00 a gallon
 Fruit  $0.50 each
Hard Bread   $0.75 each
 Shovels  $25.00 each
 Pans $10.00 each
 Picks  $25.00 each
 Shirts $40.00  each
 Boots  $40.00 a pair
 Socks  $10.00 a pair
Hats   $10.00 each
Underwear   $15.00 a pair
Horses  $150.00 each
Mules  $100.00 each
 Saddles  $50.00 each
 Rifle  $75.00 each
Pistol   $50.00 each
 Knife  $10.00 each
 Ammunition  $10.00 a box
 Dynamite  $100.00 a box
  Haircut   $1.50
  Shave   $1.00
  Bath   $2.00
  Laundry  $0.50 a piece 
 Billiards    $1.00 a game
  Lodging-a blanket on the floor  $1.00 a night 

 

 

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