A history of America’s transportation, Part 3

Overland carriers—precious metals mean trouble www.wikipedia.orgWooden gold sluice in California between 1890 and 1915. ■ By Rusty Strait / Senior Reporter Gold as a commodity revolutionized transportation from west to east in the United States. With the discovery of gold at Sutter’s Mill in 1848, there was also a mad rush to transport the precious metal from California to the east coast. Not long afterward, the Colorado gold and silver rushes, known as the Pikes Peak Gold Rush and the Comstock Lode in Nevada, took place and it became “Whoa Nellie, bar the door!” All bets were off. As minerals and money began to be transferred back and forth across the

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