Pandemic struck York County in 1849 – gold fever
Nineteenth-century artist Lewis Miller captured 49ers from York, Pa. Background posts: There’s oil in those New Salem hills and Iron-mine-turned-into-party-spot turned into York County park and Site filled with wealth of York County geological info.
49ers from York?
Fellow blogger June Lloyd, who has extensively researched 19th-century California prospectors from York County, took a look at those local folks suffering from gold fever.
“By April 1849, sixteen other York County professionals and craftsmen had organized themselves into “The California Company” and were equipped and ready to sail on the ship Andalusia from Baltimore.” …
See June’s blog post: Gold Fever Hits York County.
Miller drawing courtesy, York County Heritage Trust