Part 1: Gold! An Era Remembered
Sacramento: A Gateway to Gold ... The Journey by Land & Sea ... Foothills Abound in History
Gold Rush: The Sacramento Bee Series
Miller House

Warren Miller: Gold Rush Architect & Inventor

Warren P. Miller was one of a special breed of Gold Rush characters. He didn't travel to California to mine -- he came to mine the miners.

A 30-year-old journeyman carpenter, Miller arrived in California in the Fall of 1850 dreaming of becoming an architect. The west, he believed, would be a land of new cities and new buildings -- his kind of gold. By the time Warren Miller left California in 1869, he had mined his own ingenuity.

Miller designed many of most significant buildings in early Marysville and had won acclaim as a mechanical genius who patented several exciting inventions, including the first tractor crawler built in the U.S. and an improved gun turret for civil war warships.

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A Way of Life
Part 2: At Work & Play
Coloma's Boom ... Quick Justice ... Camp Religion ... A Miner's Diet ... Newspaper Rivalry

The People
Part 3: Chasing a Dream
Lost Latinos Lost ... Indians' Misfortunes ... Black Miners ... Chinese on "Gold Mountain" ... Real Women

The Legacy
Part 4: A Lasting Impact
Zig-zagging to Statehood ... Environmental Damage ... Reliving History ... Modern Prospectors

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Travel: Visiting History
Calaveras Caves ... Gold Discovery Days ... Yuba Trails ... Nevada County Gold Rush Sites

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