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Everything about Gold Rush Girl

A pop­u­lar his­tor­i­cal nov­el about a girl who dar­ing­ly cross­es the coun­try to take part in the Cal­i­for­nia Gold Rush, here are the sto­ry behind the sto­ry and edu­ca­tion­al resources for Gold Rush Girl:

Gold Rush Girl

Behind the Story

San Fran­cis­co is a city where I have lived often, vis­it­ed, and have great fond­ness for. I first went there in the fall of 1961, hav­ing fin­ished my grad­u­ate class time at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Wis­con­sin, Madi­son. A fel­low I knew was set­ting up a new the­atre, and he want­ed to do a play I had writ­ten. I took a Grey­hound bus from Madi­son to Chica­go, anoth­er bus from the Windy City to the Gold­en Gate. read more

Behind the Sto­ry, Part 2

Behind the Sto­ry, Part 3


Read a sam­ple chap­ter.

Dis­cus­sion ques­tions from Kath­leen Odean.


After the Gold Rush,” Stu­art Thorn­ton, Nation­al Geo­graph­ic, Jan­u­ary 21, 2011 

Cal­i­for­nia Gold Rush,” Amer­i­can Expe­ri­ence, PBS.com, not dated

Cal­i­for­nia Gold Rush,” History.com, April 16, 2021

Cal­i­for­ni­a’s Untold Sto­ries: Gold Rush!,” Oak­land Muse­um of California

Gold Rush Overview,” Cal­i­for­nia Depart­ment of Parks and Recre­ation, not dated

San Fran­cis­co is Built on a Ghost Ship Grave­yard,” Frank Jacobs, Big Think, August 9, 2016

Why Are Ships Buried Under San Fran­cis­co?” Jes­si­ca Placzek, KQED, Novem­ber 4, 2016


“Cal­i­for­nia Gold Rush for Kids,” Bed­time His­to­ry, Novem­ber 18, 2020, retrieved from YouTube.

Chil­dren’s librar­i­an Mar­cia Hick­ey book­talks Gold Rush Girl:

Books to Pair with Gold Rush Girl

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