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Why Gold Rush Oranges Were Priced Like Gold

The only thing more precious than gold during the California Gold Rush was citrus. While most Americans are aware of the Gold Rush's important place in the history of the West, many are unaware of the Second Gold Rush, which was equally important in shaping the fate of California. The Biggest Event in California's History First, the background: In January 1948 gold was discovered in Sutter's Mill---outside of San Francisco, CA---by a man named James W. Marshall. Despite early efforts the discovery wasn't kept secret