Dig for Gold

The California Gold Rush (1848 - 1855) is a landmark event in the history of California. As news spread of the discovery, thousands of prospective gold miners traveled by sea or over land to San Francisco and the surrounding area. A total of $2 billion worth or precious metal was extracted from the area during the Gold Rush, which peaked in 1852. The Mormons played a crucial role in shaping events in California the West. They were the first American settlers of San Francisco, and without them, John Sutter might not have built his sawmill and thus discovered gold in 1848. Learn more about the California Gold rush and actually pan for gold at the San Diego Mormon Battalion Historic Site Old Town. FREE Admission. Public Transit bus Route 8,9,30 Green Trolley Line