Read the short notes below on the California Gold Rush this will lead you on to the location of your next clue...
California Gold Rush
California is famous for its gold rush of 1848 - 1855, which started when gold was found on a mill about 130 miles east of San Francisco. It was spotted glinting in a river but the initial discovery was meant to be kept quite so as not to ruin the landowner's agricultural ambitions.
However word got out when Samuel Brannan bought all the gold prospecting supplies in the area then walked down the streets in San Francisco holding aloft a vial of gold, shouting "Gold! Gold! Gold from the American River!" - he subsequently became very rich not from gold but from selling supplies.
San Francisco 49ers
This brought a wave of approximately 300,000 people to the area who became know as 49ers (referring to 1849, the peak year for Gold Rush immigration) this is also where the San Francisco 49ers American football team takes is name.
The Mother Lode
The area became known as Gold Country or Mother Lode (which is a principal vein or zone of gold or silver ore). This is also where the term 'mother lode' used to describe something valuable or in great abundance comes from. Although you may dig a load of ore out of a mother lode, the spelling “motherload” is a mistake which is probably influenced by people thinking it means something like “the mother of all loads.” A “lode” was originally a stream of water, but by analogy it became a vein of metal ore.
Death Valley National Park + Gold Mining
Death Valley, a barren national park north east of Los Angeles had a gold mining boom in the early 1900's this is the location for your next clue...
Number the letters in the password used to access this page in order, starting from the beginning of the word and going to the end from 1 - 4.
Replace the numbers in the word below with the correct letter.
342n4 Wond4r Min4
Type the completed words in the Google Earth search bar and hit enter. You can check you have the correct answer below:
This will move you view into a position in the middle of Death Valley and set it spinning around it in 3D.
Close the information box on this location by clicking on the X in the corner.
Click into 2D mode by clicking once on 2D.
Re-align your view to north by clicking once on the compass.
Click into street view mode by clicking once on the human icon.
This will bring up 2 blue circles in this area as shown below, click on the northern one and it will bring you to a picture inside a gold mine. If it doesn't then read the steps and try again until you are in the correct photo.
The Google Earth photo shows the old mine with railway tracks used for the mining carts. Below 5 sections of this track are shown in a random order labelled 1 - 5.
Study the photo on Google Earth and put the sections below in the correct order as if you are coming out of the mine to give you a 5 number sequence.
This is a sunny photo of the salt flats with a single shadow of a human figure. If you can't see this then you are in the wrong photo and need to repeat the previous steps until you get in the correct photo.
Below a certain spot has been displayed in 2 options A and B.
One is the correct arrangement and one is flipped so it is back to front.
Study the photo on Google Earth find this spot and identify which picture below is correct.
Then follow the instructions under the pictures.
Below are 4 words as described in a dictionary, 2 for option A and 2 for option B. Work out which are the 2 words for the correct option.
A commander of an army, or an army officer of very high rank.
A woody perennial plant, typically having a single stem or trunk growing to a considerable height and bearing lateral branches at some distance from the ground.
Atmospheric water vapour frozen into ice crystals and falling as a light clear substance.
A large natural elevation of the earth's surface rising abruptly from the surrounding level.
Use these 2 words as the password to access the next page. Put a space in-between them.
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