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today’s picture: Gold Discovered at Sutter’s Mill



Gold Discovered at Sutter’s Mill
At John A. Sutter’s sawmill near where the American and Sacramento rivers converge in California, carpenter James W. Marshall found gold on January 24, 1848. Marshall, Sutter and their workers tried to keep the discovery quiet but gold-seekers quickly began pouring into California, raising the state’s non-Indian population to about 20,000 in 1848, 100,000 in 1849 and twice that amount by 1852. Gold mining was a multi-million-dollar industry, but so many people had come to claim their fortunes–from other states and other countries–that few of them actually became rich. Miners, like those shown above, often found that searching for gold was more difficult work than they had expected.

Image: Library of Congress

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Gold as Cancer Fighter


Gold as Cancer Fighter

Alternative medicine proponents have long attributed healing properties to gold, and in recent years, mainstream medical researchers have begun looking to the precious metal as well. In a recent study, tiny gold particles encased in the chemotherapy drug cisplatin appeared to boost the effectiveness of conventional radiotherapy and chemotherapy treatment for an aggressive brain cancer. Cancer cells in samples subjected to this experimental treatment were completely eradicated, and over the next 20 days there was no regrowth. More… Discuss

In the News: Shipwreck Yields More than $1 Million in Gold


 In the News

 

Shipwreck Yields More than $1 Million in Gold

A marine salvage company has recovered nearly 1,000 ounces of gold worth $1.3 million from a historic shipwreck off the US east coast, but this is a mere fraction of what went down with the ship in 1857—and what the company will likely eventually raise from the depths. The ship was transporting an estimated 21 tons of gold ingots, coins, and raw gold as well as the personal wealth of its 477 passengers when it sank in a hurricane, contributing to the Panic of 1857, a US banking crisis. Discovered in 1988, the wreck was explored by a company that recovered some $40 million in gold before being driven off by lawsuits. More… Discuss

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