3. Worlds of Wonder and Ambition: Gold Rush California and the Culture of Mining Bonanzas in the North American West

  1. Nicolas S. Witschi
  1. Peter J. Blodgett

Published Online: 27 MAY 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444396591.ch3

A Companion to the Literature and Culture of the American West

A Companion to the Literature and Culture of the American West

How to Cite

Blodgett, P. J. (2011) Worlds of Wonder and Ambition: Gold Rush California and the Culture of Mining Bonanzas in the North American West, in A Companion to the Literature and Culture of the American West (ed N. S. Witschi), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444396591.ch3

Editor Information

  1. Western Michigan University, USA

Author Information

  1. Huntington Library, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 27 MAY 2011
  2. Published Print: 15 APR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405187336

Online ISBN: 9781444396591

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Keywords:

  • Gold Rush California - and culture of mining bonanzas, in the North American West;
  • mining, industry becoming an economic mainstay - in nineteenth century;
  • California Gold Rush, unleashing - cultural and social influences;
  • El Dorado wealth, galvanizing - economic enterprises of all kinds;
  • exploiting California's fertile landscapes - for feeding, the booming population;
  • port of San Francisco, bustling commercial hub - months, after the gold discovery;
  • California's financial and industrial resources - growth, of a widening region;
  • California's advantages, legend - attracting tourists, investors and immigrants;
  • public agencies, California Geological Survey - and Geological Exploration of the 40th Parallel, - the bonanza mentality;
  • popular conceptions of “the Wild West” - in American culture

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • References and Further Reading