Investigations

Baker's Gold

The Case:

A viewer from Colorado thinks he may have discovered a gem of Gold Rush memorabilia when he found an unusual drawing.

This drawing depicts four huge gold nuggets, weighing one, two, six and ten pounds. Someone has overlaid the nuggets with curious, almost cartoon-like pictures: a bag of gold dust, a scowling turtle, a Colt revolver, and the profile of a man’s grinning face. The signature, I.W. Baker, catches our contributor’s eye.

Could this be the Isaac Baker famous for his photographs of the Gold Rush? And did miners actually find gold nuggets that large? History Detectives visits Baker’s haunts in California and talks with Gold Rush curators to reveal the story behind this drawing.


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Aired:
Season 8, Episode 3
Season 9, Episode 6

Detective:
Wes Cowan Location:
California

Drawings and Photographs by Isaac Baker

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