This is a 47 slide non-linear PowerPoint presentation hyperlinked in the format of a "Choose Your Own Adventure" game. I have posted the Lesson Plan and activity sheet that go with it for free in my store if you want to preview them in advance. They are also included in this zip file. While playing, students will go back in time to become prospectors heading out west to find their fortunes. They will discover that the true life of a prospector was not glamorous, and rarely ended in riches. They will discover that the real money was made by entrepreneurs who capitalized on the situation, and they will meet some of the famous ones of that time, like Levi Strauss and Sam Brannan.
WARNING - This "Choose Your Own Adventure" game will only play in Powerpoint, not in Google Slides.