The Journey to California was Arduous for Most People
During the Gold Rush era, airplanes were nowhere to be found, and cross-country trains didn't exist either. Those thousands of migrants heading to California had limited options: they traveled by ship, wagon, or foot. If you were coming from South America, sailing around Cape Horn on a ship would take almost five months. And if you decided to cross the Great Plains by wagon, you were looking at an estimated six-month journey. It was quite an adventure getting to California back in those days!