Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Gold Question of the Week for Feb. 21,2007

From mid February through mid March, how many potential miners passed through San Diego on average per day in 1889 to reach the gold placers in the Santa Claras? How much is estimated to have been spent on mining equipment and supplies as a whole on the venture, and how many dollars worth of gold was estimated to have been extracted.

ANSWER: The gold rush to the Santa Clara's came at the end of the large rushes to the north, and was joined by many who had been there, but a little late. They quit jobs, left families, and journeyed south for their dream. 300, on an average day, passed through San Diego on their way to Mexico and were plaqued at the border with restrictions and delays. It is estimated that a quarter of a million dollars was spent by these people before mid March was over, for the total dollar amount of $20,000 worth of gold that was extracted. The experienced miners did the best with the Mexicans coming in second. The first group knew what they were doing and the second helped each other. The rest had no clue what to do, how to do it, or what to do when the water ran out. San Diego will give you the rest of the story. And it is a fascinating one to read.
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