- from Gold Rush
More people. More gold. More everything! The rush of people during the Gold Rush increased the need for services, homes, food, goods, jobs – you name it.
While thousands headed to the gold fields in search of fortune, many started businesses to serve the growing population. Others became farmers to grow food for the hungry masses. California’s Gold Rush economy gave minorities and women opportunities that other places didn’t. Together, these new Californians transformed California’s economy and society.