By Margaret Gallegos
Special to The PREVIEW
“A frenzy seized my soul … piles of gold rose up before me … castles of marble … In short, I had a very violent attack of the gold fever.” — Hubert Howe Bancroft.
In 1848, the Gold Rush to California brings the whole world to the west, as 49ers from Asia, South America and the eastern states scramble for a share of the rocks, littering the hills with mining towns and creating the West’s first metropolis. But in the push to strike it rich, many are violently pushed aside.