gold was found at several missions but the Padres had other plans. Capt. Sutter had other plans in great Sacramento Valley. He built grain mills and planted fields and befriended new settlers. James Marshall came with a wagon train and was soon at Sutter’s Fort engaged build a lumber mill on the American River. By January 1848 it was nearly completed and one morning Marshall picked to shining pieces from the millrace. It was gold. He conferred quietly with Sutter but suddenly all the men left the mills and feels to look for gold. Big news spread like wildfire all the way to Monterey in San Francisco, and everywhere men brushed the mines. And across the whole continent there came the great surge of the 49ers to the gold camps of California.