10 months … $10,000 for a hotel room — NOT!
It’s a sure bet that you’ll STRIKE IT RICH! in your family research by attending the 2019 International German Genealogy Partnership conference June 15-17 in Sacramento, California. The opening of the conference is still 10 months away. But you’ll be able to start registering soon and can beat the rush to the programs of your choice.
You’ll hear from some of the top experts in German genealogy and history. You’ll connect with researchers from around the globe. And, unlike Gold Rush-era California, it won’t cost you $10,000 for a hotel room!
Back then, San Francisco’s Parker House was converted from a hotel to a casino to cash in on the gold rush. Professional gamblers paid $10,000 a month (in 1840 dollars) to run their games of chance in one of the rooms.*
Going out to eat will be a bargain nowadays, too. A breakfast for two — bread, cheese, butter, sardines and two bottles of beer — cost $43 at the height of the gold rush, the equivalent of about $1,200 today.
Being dead didn’t keep the money from pouring in, either. It was said a citizen of San Francisco died owing $41,000. Before his estate could be settled, the value of the real estate grew so quickly that even after paying his debts, his heirs had a yearly income of $40,000 [$1.2 million today].
Don’t you feel your net worth growing already? 🙂 See you in Sacramento!
*Source: Smithsonian Magazine