Thanks to the tech boom, rent and grocery bills in San Francisco have rocketed 21 percent above the national average—but that’s nothing compared to the Gold Rush. In the 1850s, a dozen eggs could cost you the equivalent of $90 in today’s money, a pick axe the equivalent of $1,500, and a hotel room upwards $300,000 a month. Just goes to show: If there’s a gold rush, sell pickaxes.

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