The Crystal Cave Adventures series is really taking shape with this second book that takes place in California in 1851. The research into the settings and history of the books takes a considerable amount of time, in addition to writing the actual book itself. The second book, Rusher’s Gold, is set in the California Gold Rush era. Mr. M sends Brody and Emma back to the Gold Rush to find a large, pure chunk of gold to replace the piece that was stolen from his original collection when his home was ransacked in the first book.
Brody and Emma start out alone, with the help of Aspen, of course, but it doesn’t take long before they get themselves into trouble and meet some friendly and not-so-friendly faces. I’m excited about this book and the tidbits of goodies you’ll learn about the California Gold Rush. Here are just a few to get you going:
- The Gold Rush began in 1848 but many people equate the Gold Rush to 1849, which is when the bulk of the people arrived in California,
- The first discovery of gold was at Sutter’s Mill near Coloma, California,
- James Wilson Marshall, found gold flakes in the American River as he worked to build a water-powered saw mill,
- John Sutter owned the saw mill where Marshall worked,
- Approximately 2 billion (yes, billion) dollar’s worth of precious metal was recovered during the Gold Rush, and
- The Gold Rush peaked in 1852.