It was January, 1848, James Polk was president and the territory known as Alta California, belonged to the country of Mexico. This era is defined in history as the Gold Rush. What is known in present day as San Francisco, boomed from approximately 1,000 full-time residents to over 25,000 with hopes of panning their way to a fortune along the Rio de los Americanos (or America River). Most developing towns began with saloons, gaming houses and brothels, all of which added to the profitability of mining gold. And although through good fortune and hard work, some businessmen reaped great rewards in retail, shipping, entertainment, many hopefuls, however, did not.
The good news is that today you don't have to pan for a great find! Buffalo Traders Online offers amazing deals on some great gold and gem finds. In addition to some fabulous gold leaf designs such as Willow Gold Leaf Earrings, there are also some unique pieces using genuine Wyoming Jade, such as the Wyoming Jade Antiqued Oval Filigree Necklace. Enjoy a piece of American history at a very recession friendly price!