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Pandemic struck York County in 1849 – gold fever

California Co-sm

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.
She blogged:
“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