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Post-Gold Rush Population Changes in a Sierra Nevada Mining Region
Lary M. Dilsaver
Yearbook of the Association of Pacific Coast Geographers
Vol. 45 (1983), pp. 101-115
Published by: University of Hawai'i Press
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/24040335
Page Count: 15
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The California gold rush commonly is perceived to have ended with a mass emigration to other promising mining sites, leaving behind ghost towns and abandoned mining fields where once thousands worked. Empirical archival evidence, however, shows this to be a misleading conclusion. Tests show that while almost all of the population of the rush era departed between 1860 and 1880, these early miners were replaced by two new groups, men seeking nonplacer mining work and their dependents.
Yearbook of the Association of Pacific Coast Geographers © 1983 University of Hawai'i Press