Prospectors set out for the American West in the late 1840s following the discovery of gold in California. While the California Gold Rush was largely limited to 1848 and 1849, that wasn’t the end of the westward movement of American families and prospectors. Silver discoveries in Nevada and later gold discoveries in the Yukon Territories of Canada and the US territory of Alaska led more and more people west in hopes of a fresh start and vast riches.
Central to the livelihood of any Prospector was a sturdy, hard-working pack mule. Everything from daily supplies to tents and mining tools were packed on these mules as the individual Prospector moved from one hopeful location to another in search of gold and silver. Here, the Prospector stands with a walking stick in one hand and his gold pan in the other. You can see a shovel at his feet, towering pine trees in the distance, and the peaks of the Sierra Nevada Mountains looming in the distance.
A sleepy western town for the reverse. This design showcases the classic western main street. A single dirt road down the middle of the two is the hub of activity as the saloon and local hotel are connected by boardwalks. In this design, everyday people go about their business walking to and from school, the store, and work.
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