1849: The peak year of the California Gold Rush. Over 300,000 people traveled to California in search of gold. This migration eventually led to California acquiring statehood but had a devastating effect on the native people through disease, starvation, and loss of land.
October 3rd, 1849: Edgar Allan Poe was found delirious and wearing someone else’s clothes in a tavern in Baltimore. He was taken to a hospital due to his alarming physical and mental distress.
October 7th, 1849: After several days in the hospital, suffering from unknown ailments, Edgar Allan Poe died. Although there are many theories about his demise, the true cause of Poe’s death has never been determined.