The California Gold Rush: Entrepreneurialism and Economic Development
Stimulation of Industries
Serving the Miners
Saloons and Brothels
Demand for Railroad
Gold Rush Connections
Impact of the Railroad
Mendocino lumber yard in San Francisco, 1866
Overwhelming need for lumber created by thousands of incoming miners
Needed for variety of different things
Lumber used to construct houses, other buildings
Needed to build furniture, miscellaneous items
Evident demand for lumber, as Mendocino and Humboldt counties produced 35 million board feet of lumber annually
Particularly impressive because lumber industry was nonexistent in CA prior to Gold Rush
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