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Going for the Gold: How Pacific Mail Steamship Company Brought Miners to California

Speaker Willard Thompson will give a talk on the pioneering company that transported more that 600,000 people to and from California between 1848 and 1869.

When: Tuesday, May 17, 2011, 7 p.m.

Where: S.B. Maritime Museum, 113 Harbor Wy., #190, Santa Barbara

Cost: $5 - $10

Age limit: All ages

Categories: Lectures

Description:

When President James K. Polk showed Congress, in December 1848, a tea caddy-full of gold and told the world it had been discovered in California’s foothills, he kicked off the most legendary voluntary emigration of people the world has ever seen. Adventurous Gold Rushers streamed to California to claim their share of the precious metal. The quickest route for the Argonauts was a steamship to Panama, a hike across the Isthmus and another steamer to San Francisco. Come hear about the pioneering company that transported more that 600,000 souls to and from California between 1848 and 1869.

May 17, 7pm
Members $5, Non-members $10
RSVP to (805) 962-8404 ext. 115

Phone: 805-962-8404

Event posted May 2, 2011
Last updated May 2, 2011

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