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Suspect in courthouse Gold Rush nugget theft arrested

One of the two men suspected of having stolen $3,000,000 worth of Gold Rush-era gold from the Siskiyou County Courthouse in Yreka, California, on February 1st, 2012, has surrendered to police and been arrested. He is being held on $1 million bail. The second suspect remains at large.

On Tuesday, March 26th, the Siskiyou County District Attorney’s Office and Siskiyou County Superior Court issued arrest warrants for David Jean Johnson, 49, of El Cerrito and Scott Wayne Baily, 51, of El Sobrante, for grand theft and burglary of artifacts worth more than $1 million. On Thursday detectives searched the Bay Area for the suspects. They didn’t find them, but they did find more evidence that Johnson and Baily are the two men who broke into the courthouse and stole gold nuggets, flake, leaf and jewelry from its Gold Rush collection. David Jean Johnson turned himself in on Monday, April 1st.

Although authorities had DNA evidence found in the courthouse that identified the two suspects, their names weren’t released publicly until last Friday after the Bay Area searches. Search warrants were requested based on the DNA evidence in November of last year. In mid-January, Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office detectives and members of the Siskiyou County-Wide Interagency Narcotic Task Force searched homes in Redding, Shasta Lake, El Cerrito and El Sobrante. The searches found high-value consumer goods that were probably paid for with proceeds from the sale of the stolen gold.

Unfortunately there is no news on whether any of the historic artifacts survived the burglars’ shopping sprees.

[Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon] Lopey said it would be “highly speculative” to guess how much of the stolen gold, if any, would be recovered if the men are arrested.

“We don’t know how much of the gold may have been sold and we don’t know how much is left. The investigation is still ongoing,” he said.

Now that one suspect has voluntarily surrendered, hopefully he’ll spill details on how much if any of the purloined gold they kept for a rainy day. I can’t say I’m terribly optimistic. It’s been over a year and these guys obviously weren’t thinking long-term when they stocked up on widescreen TVs and diamond pinky rings or whatever stupid crap they raped history to buy.

Sheriff Lopey again:

“This has been a long an arduous investigation involving the crimes perpetrated by the suspects responsible for burglarizing our court house and stealing an historic gold display and other antiquities which cannot be replaced. These thieves stole a part of Siskiyou County history, which represents the hard work, sacrifice, traditions, and pioneer spirit which characterizes the personality of Siskiyou County and its citizens – past and present.”


The Rise and the Decline of the Gold Rush Era in the United States

Guest blogger Donna Johnson provides us with this article on the Gold Rush.


A Brief History of the Gold Rush                                                                                                  

The first gold rush in American history took place in 1799, just east of Charlotte, North Carolina. So much gold was discovered during the Carolina Gold Rush that a branch of the United States Mint was established in Charlotte to mint the newly discovered gold. Subsequent gold rushes took place in Georgia in 1829, in Pike’s Peak, Colorado in 1858, and in several places in Alaska throughout the 1890s.

When people speak of “the Gold Rush,” though, they are most likely speaking about the 1849 discovery of that precious metal at Sutter’s Creek in California. This discovery changed the history of the western United States forever.

Historical research about the California Gold Rush abounds in county archives and other government accounts, as well as newspaper reports and the letters miners wrote home. A surprising amount of Gold Rush history is contained in the annals of companies that got their start during the Gold Rush. A corporate archivist working for Levi Strauss, a company that got its start making the rough work clothes that the self-styled forty-niners wore, or Wells Fargo, which began as a message delivery service, could uncover many interesting stories.

Before the Gold Rush, San Francisco’s population numbered under 1,000. By 1850, the city’s population had jumped to 25,000. As many as 300,000 people converged upon the Golden State all told during the years between 1848 and 1855, half of them by sea and half over the California Trail, a route that traveled over 2,000 miles and took nine months to complete. While many were Americans, would-be prospectors flocked from Europe, Latin America, Australia and even China.

Gold was initially found on government property with no clear ownership rights. Anybody could stake a claim. Only the first miners to arrive were lucky enough to find gold nuggets in any quantity. Those who came later endured great hardships for relatively little wealth. Fully one-fifth of them died in the process.

The people who got rich off the Gold Rush for the most part were those entrepreneurs, foresightful enough to realize the prospectors would need essential service. Leland Stanford, the president of the Southern Pacific railroad and later the founder of Stanford University, got his start as the proprietor of a general store in Placer County.

The Gold Rush was an important phenomenon in terms of the nation’s political philosophy, underscoring the doctrine of Manifest Destiny — the belief that God intended the United States to span the continent from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean.

By 1850, most of the easily accessible gold had been mined. Hydraulic mining was introduced to loosen the gold-bearing rock of the riverbanks and gravel beds. To this day, the American River that runs through El Dorado, Placer and Sacramento Counties, shows the scars of hydraulic mining.

By the mid-1850s, the California Gold Rush was essentially over.


My Name is Donna Johnson, and I am a huge history fan.   Mainly US History, because It is easier for me to travel to historical sites and relive the events in my mind.  I first really became interested in history about 15 years ago on a trip to South Dakota.  While traveling I stopped at the Little Big Horn Battlefield Monument in Montana.  The adventure had begun.

I now travel every chance I get and seek out historical places, reading stories about the events that took place there.  I am always looking to my next adventure!

Archaeologists rush against Encroaching Sea

When Bronze Age people in Dorset, England, built a series of barrows four thousand years ago on high points, they were constructed two miles from the coast. But now, the coast has eroded so far people fear all five of the earthworks might be lost to the sea within fifty years. To try and record their form and function, archaeologists are to begin a study of three of the structures. As the barrows are scheduled monuments – which means access and digs are strictly controlled – permission has been given and the National Trust will be conducting the dig. This news story was sourced from thisisdorset.net

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Destruction of USS Maine and the Rush Toward War

The Spanish-American War (21 April–13 August 1898) was a turning point in United States history, signaling the country’s emergence as a world power. The sinking of the battleship USS Maine in Havana Harbor on 15 February 1898 was a critical event on the road to that war. Many Cubans desired independence from Spain, and political [...]

The California Gold Rush