‘The West’ documentary series continues through May


By Margaret Gallegos

Special to The PREVIEW

“A frenzy seized my soul … piles of gold rose up before me … castles of marble … In short, I had a very violent attack of the gold fever.” — Hubert Howe Bancroft.

In 1848, the Gold Rush to California brings the whole world to the west, as 49ers from Asia, South America and the eastern states scramble for a share of the rocks, littering the hills with mining towns and creating the West’s first metropolis. But in the push to strike it rich, many are violently pushed aside.

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