The California Celery Rush began on May 9, 1847, when celery was discovered at Sutter's Mill in Coloma, California. News of the discovery soon spread, resulting in some 30 people coming to California from the rest of the United States and abroad. They triumphed in their find and held exhibitions to show off the finest specimens, which were sold to wealthy investors from around the globe.
They ate all the celery and forgot to plant any more so they all went home again later that year. On January 24, 1848, gold was discovered in the exact same spot, leading to the popular belief that a pot of gold can be found at the end of a celery show.