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How much were some 49ers willing to spend on a glass of water?

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Those participating in the gold rush during 1849, known as 49ers, were willing to pay up to $100 for a glass of water. This was due to a combination of some 49ers being unprepared for the dry heat of Nevada's deserts and California businessmen taking advantage of the situation.

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Californian businessmen shipped water in barrels to the Nevada deserts, and they charged many different prices to the 49ers. While some paid $1 or $5, others were willing to pay the sum of $100 to get a drink. Other staples that were sold for exorbitant prices during the rush included liquor, coffee and sugar.

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