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Everything about Gold Rush Girl

A popular historical novel about a girl who daringly crosses the country to take part in the California Gold Rush, here are the story behind the story and educational resources for Gold Rush Girl:

Gold Rush Girl

Behind the Story

San Francisco is a city where I have lived often, visited, and have great fondness for. I first went there in the fall of 1961, having finished my graduate class time at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. A fellow I knew was setting up a new theatre, and he wanted to do a play I had written. I took a Greyhound bus from Madison to Chicago, another bus from the Windy City to the Golden Gate. read more

Behind the Story, Part 2

Behind the Story, Part 3


Read a sample chapter.

Discussion questions from Kathleen Odean.


After the Gold Rush,” Stuart Thornton, National Geographic, January 21, 2011 

California Gold Rush,” American Experience, PBS.com, not dated

California Gold Rush,” History.com, April 16, 2021

California’s Untold Stories: Gold Rush!,” Oakland Museum of California

Gold Rush Overview,” California Department of Parks and Recreation, not dated

San Francisco is Built on a Ghost Ship Graveyard,” Frank Jacobs, Big Think, August 9, 2016

Why Are Ships Buried Under San Francisco?” Jessica Placzek, KQED, November 4, 2016


“California Gold Rush for Kids,” Bedtime History, November 18, 2020, retrieved from YouTube.

Children’s librarian Marcia Hickey booktalks Gold Rush Girl:

Books to Pair with Gold Rush Girl

Hard Godl
Children of the Gold Rush