Monday, March 3, 2014
MARCH 4 CALIFORNIA COUPLE FINDS $10 MILLION IN BACKYARD
Every student of American History knows about the California Gold Rush. It all began in 1848 when John Marshall found nuggets while working in a saw mill. An instant mass-migration followed. Called 'Forty-Niners,' they extracted an estimated $20 billion (modern-day dollars) in gold from the Sierra Nevada foothills. Within twenty short years...the gold was all gone...and California shifted to its focus to its current industries: Farming, making Levi's jeans and filming pornographic movies.
But that all changed last week! Over $10 million dollars of gold was discovered again in the foothills! Here's what happened: A couple was taking an afternoon stroll along their ten acres of property in Gold Rush Country. They passed by some rusty old can lids sticking up from the ground. While they had seen them before, this time they decided to come back with a shovel and investigate some more. They found eight rusty old cans containing 1,427 US gold coins from the 1800's.
The obvious question is: Why did the original owners chose to bury $2,000 instead of putting it in a bank? Well...believe it or not...the more things change, the more they stay the same. After organizing their loot on the kitchen table, the couple became scared. "I thought any second an old miner with a mule was going to appear" worried John. (More likely is a crazed meth-head breaking and entering.) So what did they do? The couple placed them in an Igloo-brand cooler and hid them under a woodpile.