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California State Symbols - State Mineral Gold

The California state mineral - no surprise here - is gold. The California Gold Rush (1848-1855) brought over 300,000 people to the California territory to settle the state. Many were Americans, but people came from all over the world - Latin America, Australia, Asia, and Europe. Most didn't find their fortune, BUT, they did build roads and towns, established ranches and farms,and drew the railroad west to the coast.

Alaska State Symbols - State Mineral Gold

No surprise! Gold is the state mineral of Alaska. Gold certainly played an important role in settling the Alaska frontier. First found in the mid1800's, the first Alaska gold rush brought thousands looking for quick riches. A second gold rush in the early 1900's brought thousands more. Gold was officially designated as the state mineral in 1968 This photo of a large gold nugget is from the Alaska state symbol web page.

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