Miners made any where from twelve to thirty-five dollars per ounce of gold.
This may seem like it was a lot of money for one ounce of gold and it was in those days. All of the supply prices
were increased due to supply and demand. But if you think about the cost of living and mining supplies it really
wasn't that much. Things like eggs could cost up to three dollars an egg. Pills cost ten dollars each without the
advice from a doctor, and one hundred dollars with the advice from a doctor. Some other costs for items includes,
whiskey was six-teen dollars a bottle, sugar was one dollar and fifty cents per pint, water could cost any where
from one, five, ten, or one hundred dollars a glass, and coffee was one dollar per pint.
Things in the old days cost allot, the miners could pay 100
dollars for a glass of water. Sugar for $1.50 per pint, Coffee was $1.00 per pint and Liquor was $4.00 per pint.
But other things were really cheap like bacon for a Penney a pound, some people had so much that they dumped it on
the side of the road, one guy said he saw ten tons in one pile.
Some people thought of new ways to the west, one guy tried to fly
people there in a hot air balloon with propeller driven by stem engines he got as far as the poster and people
lining up but it didn'tít work. An other guy tried to use the wind to get the west so he put sail on his wagon but
it just sailed away from him with the first gust of wind. Others just tried to push a wheel barrel all the way
to California. Other people tried making new trails west but one wagon ended up down in South American.
I think it is really cool that people back in 1849 tried to build an
airplane using a hot air balloon and stem engines, this was a really good idea just a bit ahead of its time
though. I also thought the wind powered wagon, but I think they forgot breaks. I donít think I would have paid
100 dollars to get a glass of water. I think if I was in the old west I donít think I would be a miner I would
be a shop keeper, because if it was slow I could just go mine a little or I could sell water and run a little
gambling place, to me this seemed like the best way to make money. I also think that it would have been cool
to see and big pile of bacon just sitting on the side of the road, because if you were hungry you just take
some bacon. So you better hope you don't get sick.
Author unknown, Gold Rush: Fun Facts. 5/3/2009www.isu.edu/~trinmich/funfacts.html
Author unknown, California's Gold Discovery. 5/3/2009www.comspark.com/chronicles/fastfacts.shtml
Annette Lamb and Larry Johnson, Gold Rush 6/2001. 4/26/2009www.42explore2.com/goldrush.htm