chanafullsize Description: The Luck of the French
Narrative: First came James Marshall’s gold find at Sutter’s Mill in January 1848, the discovery that started the great California gold rush. The second major gold strike in California was credited to Claude Chana, a native of Rouen who first discovered the precious metal in the dry diggings of the Auburn Ravine in Placer county on May 16, 1848, thereby confirming the idea that gold could be found in other regions than Sutter’s mill, and triggering California’s second great gold rush.

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