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Golden Rules: The Origins of California Water Law in the Gold Rush

Mark Kanazawa


This book examines the origins of California surface water law in the earliest years of statehood: the decade of the 1850’s. This decade was dominated by a key event in California history, the Gold Rush. The Gold Rush comprised a major exogenous shock to the California economy, resulting in tremendous economic and population growth within an extremely short period of time, along with significant structural changes to the economy. Importantly, the Gold Rush caused a dramatic increase in the demand for water, a key factor input into placer mining. The increased use of water led to a large number ... More

Keywords: California Gold rush, California water law, institutional change, appropriative law, water rights, mining camps

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780226258676
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226258706.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark Kanazawa, author