Gold Rush, Colorado

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  • The Colorado Gold Rush was originally known as the Pikes Peak Gold Rush. Gold seekers traveled across the Great Plains looking for that prominent mountain landmark, then veered north to the goldfields of Denver City and west into the mountains. Some painted on their wagons, “Pikes Peak or Bust!” Others, when they gave up and went back, painted, “Pikes Peak and Busted.”

    Just like the “twenty-niners” of the Georgia Gold Rush of 1829 and the “forty-niners” of the California Gold Rush of 1849, the prospectors who sought gold in Colorado in 1859 were known as “fifty-niners.” The initial prospectors and discoverers were men with Georgia and/or Cherokee connections. The forced relocation of the Cherokees from Georgia to Indian Territory (Oklahoma) in 1838 had the unexpected effect ...

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