Gold Rush

Directed by: Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman

Produced by: Michael Ehrenzweig

Associate Producer: James Q. Chan

The History Channel, Radical Media, Telling Pictures

The original American Bubble. The rumor of gold in 1848 would lead to the largest migration of its kind in history—almost 90,000 gold-seekers—and to the astonishing growth, in just a few years, of a lawless "city of tents" into the metropolis of San Francisco. A unique look at a historical quirk that helped shape the culture, architecture, and character that we think of as "West Coast."

Rob and Jeffrey's hour is part of the 10-part History Channel mini-series “Ten Days That Unexpectedly Changed America.” (


 Emmy Award, Outstanding Nonfiction Series, 2006.