Lead: On February 28, 1849, the postal steam packet Californian docked in San Francisco Bay. It was just the beginning of the flood.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts

Content: In early 1848, near Sacramento, California, on the property of John Sutter, gold was discovered. From all over the world did people began to converge on California in often frenzied pursuit of the golden treasure. They got there in different ways. Travelers could brave the great American desert and scale the treacherous Sierra Nevada mountains, they could sail for six months around the Horn of South America, or they could go to Panama, cross the Isthmus and catch a mail packet, a light, fast vessel designed specifically for the coastal journey to San Francisco.