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    Gold Rush-California Vocabulary Word List (288)
    A)Abandon, Advantage, Affect, Alcoholism, Alluvial deposit, Alluvial sand, American West, Amount, Anticipation, Anxiety, Area, Argonauts, Ascent, Assayer, Assist, Attempt
    B)Bankruptcy, Beckon, Blaze, Boat, Bonanza, Boom, Boom town, Boundary, Broke, Burden, Buried, Bust, Bustle
    C)Cabins, California, Camp, Capital, Challenges, Chinese, Cholera, Claim, Climb, Cold, Collecting, Commodity, Commotion, Competition, Complications, Conceal, Conditions, Cover, Covert, Cradle, Creek, Currency, Cutthroat
    D)Dank, Death, Debris, Delivery, Demand, Deny, Deposit, Descent, Despair, Detect, Detection, Determination, Develop, Difficult, Dirt, Disadvantage, Discovery, Discrimination, Disease, Dishonest, Dispute, Ditch, Diversity, Documentation, Doubt, Downstream, Dream, Dreary, Drench
    E)Effect, Embedded, Epic, Equipment, Ethnic, Eventful, Evidence, Excavate, Excitement, Exhaustion, Exploit, Explore, Exposure
    F)Fever, Fields, Flock, Foil, Fool's Gold, Foot, Formation, Fortune, Fortune hunter, Forty-Niners, Freewheeling, Frontier
    G)Gambling, Glitter, Gold-fever, Gravel, Greenhorn
    H)Hardship, Hardworking, Heritage, Hidden, Historical, Honest, Hope, Horseback, Horses, Hunger, Hydraulic mining
    I)Illness, Immigration, Impact, Information, Interaction, Interest, Investment, Issue
    J)James Wilson Marshall, Jinx, Journey
    L)Labor, Laborer, Law, Lawless, Legal, Load, Lode, Lodging, Losses, Luck, Lure
    M)Malaria, Mania, Map, Measure, Memorabilia, Mercantile, Metal, Millionaires, Miner, Minerals, Mining, Mining, Miserable, Monetary, Money, Monitor, Mountains, Movement, Mud, Multi-cultural
    N)Nasty, Native Americans, Neglect, Nugget, Numbers
    O)Obsession, Obstacle, Official, Opportunist, Opportunity, Ore, Overland, Ownership
    P)Pack animals, Panning, Path, Persuade, Pickax, Piles, Pioneers, Placer mining, Preservation, President Polk, Prices, Primitive, Produce, Profit, Prospect, Prospector, Purpose
    Q)Quality, Quantity, Quartz
    R)Recovery, Region, Rental, Reveal, Risk, Rock, Rocker and cradle, Rocks, Rough, Route, Rugged, Rush, Rustic
    S)Sack, Sacrifice, Scale, Scarcity, Scrubber, Seek, Serious, Settle, Settlement, Shack, Shaft, Sift, Sky-high, Slogan, Sluice box, Smelt, Soldiers, Spur, Stage coach, Stake, Stampede, Standard, Stealing, Stream, Strike, Struggle, Supplies, Supply, Sutter's Mill, Sway
    T)Tailing, Tale, Technique, Tents, Terrain, Territory, Thousands, Thousands, Timber, Toil, Toll, Tools, Trail, Transportation, Treasure, Trial, Tributary, Trommel, Trouble, Tunneling
    U)Undergo, Unfortunate, Unique, Unscrupulous, Unusual
    V)Value, Vein, Verify, Vicinity
    W)Wager, Wagon, Water, Water pressure, Wealth, Weary, Weather, Weigh, West, Western, Westward, Wilderness, Witness, Work, Worthless
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