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Ghost Towns of the American Gold Rush

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Ghost Towns of the American Gold Rush
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Run Time: Approximately 2 hours
UPC: 033937045769
ISBN: 9781594649578


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The wildest and fastest American era that ever was...

Men left their homes, wives, children, and their jobs, and raced West in a mad rush to find a pot-of-gold at the end of the rainbow. Towns sprang up overnight, along with banks, general stores, boarding houses, saloons, all of which were filled with prospectors, hustlers, gamblers, and outlaws. Some came to mine gold. Others came to mine the miners. Men and women lived fast, full, often reckless lives, and when rumors of new strikes arose, many picked up their stakes and moved on with the possibility of a better tomorrow someplace else. Left behind in their wake were empty buildings and silent streets. This documentary brings to life eleven ghost towns. Some are completely deserted, while others are actually still alive, though, they are operating as unique places that people can visit and witness what a ghost town was like back in the 19th century. It is all here; a collection of anecdotes and history of America's past, gone but never forgotten. A few towns even allow visitors to pan for gold!

Included Are:
  • Coloma, CA
  • Grass Valley, CA
  • Murphys, CA
  • Virginia City, NV
  • Sutro, NV
  • Bodie, CA
  • Buckskin Joe, CO
  • Lake City, CO
  • Bannack, MT
  • Vulture City, AZ
  • Mogollon, NM
Bonus Programs: Narrated by Cowboy Barry Corbin.
  • The Gold Rush, 1848 - It all started on January 24, 1848 when John Marshall, a hired hand, walked by the American River and saw something shining in the shallow water.  It was gold! That discovery started the largest movement of people in American history. They came from England, France, Hawaii, and China. In just five years, California's population rose from 14,000 to 250,000 people. In just 50 years, these treasure seekers took 125 million ounces of gold out of California.
  • Ghost Towns, Dead or Alive - The law came later, or never, to these towns where Wyatt Earp, Calamity Jane, and Wild Bill Hickock lived and died. But, towns like Deadwood, Tombstone, and Virginia City are still alive, and never really died. This program takes you to these historic places of the American gold rush where gold fever touched all who set foot in each town.
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