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Unidentified photographer 
The oldest photograph of San Francisco 
1850 
  
Daguerreotype 
San Francisco Public Library 
Photo Id: AAC-8879 
  
 
LL/74199 
  
On 24 January 1848 James Marshall discovered gold in the American River, California. This daguerreotype shows the vast number of ships abandoned by their captains and crew in search of gold. 
 

 
  
 
  
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