Gold Fever! People have always wanted gold, from the earliest of times when ancient Egyptians used it, to today. A Gold Rush is when gold is newly discovered somewhere and people start to tell everyone about the discovery. Pretty soon there are LOTS of people trying their best to be the ‘second’ people to get there. In the old times, people would leave their homes and families and use all of the money they had to travel to places where gold had been discovered. They all had high hopes and dreams that they would become rich. Most didn’t.
Gold Rushes do not bring out the best in people.
Each Rush has ugly stories of cheating, lying, theft, and murder.
As we studied the gold at the mineral museum, it seemed impossible to
believe what people did [and do] to get it.