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Unformatted text preview: Unit 6 Lesson 3 - Mining Lesson Objective: In this lesson, the student will describe the effects of ranching and mining on living in the West. Ranching and Mining Before the Civil War, the California gold rush brought the nation westward. Some migrated west in the hopes of finding wealth or rich farmland. Most skipped over the Great Plains and the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Ocean states of California, Oregon and Washington. The plains were too dry for farming techniques used in the east and the lack of trees meant there would be no wood for building houses, fences or for fuel. The Rockies were too rugged and too high in altitude for farming so the only people to move into this area were ranchers and miners. Colorado "Pike's Peak or Bust" was the slogan written on wagons by the people who traveled west to Colorado to find gold. Gold had been discovered along the Platt River near Pike's Peak. As more people entered the area more gold was Gold had been discovered along the Platt River near Pike's Peak....
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