It had been the dream of early explorers to find gold but it wasn't until Captain John Sutter moved to California and built a saw mill that gold nuggets were found and rush to California began.
The great rush to the gold fields in California began in 1849. The gold fever broke out and thousands of people headed for the West. Learn about the life of the "forty-niners" as they were called.
When gold was discovered in California, thousands of people moved to the Pacific coast. It took months for letters to get there from the east. Then the Pony Express was established and along with it came danger and excitement for the young boys who made up the Pony Express.
About the time the gold fever struck people, a family named Goodman started from their eastern home to make a new home in the Northwest. This is the exciting story of how their son saved a village!