1849 - California, Here I Come!
Gold, discovered one year ago in California, entices fortune seekers from all over the U.S. to flock to the western territory in a "gold rush." These hopeful prospectors are called "forty-niners." Even President James K. Polk, a Mecklenburg County native, tells Congress he believes the California gold rush will lead to great wealth. No longer is North Carolina the only place to look for gold.