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Gold and Silver Mining

Ray Rivlin

Here’s a puzzle for you: What word connects the carob tree, blue jeans, and coming first in the Olympic Games? The answer is GOLD and here’s why.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

 Blue jeans were unheard of before the California Gold Rush of 1849, when tens of thousands of people rushed toCalifornia from all over the world in the hope of finding gold.

One of the new arrivals was Levi Strauss, a German immigrant. His brother, who sold ready-made clothing and lengths of cloth inNew York, sent Levi toCaliforniato open a new branch, but no one wanted to buy the heavy canvas he was selling to make tents and wagon covers. They needed ready-made, storekeeper pants. The canvas being too rough for comfortable wear, Levi began making pants from serge; a strong cloth imported fromNimes(neem) inFrance. The serge “de Nimes” quickly became denim and the pants became known as blue jeans.

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