Meet Doc Robinson

Dr. Charles Robinson, as portrayed in Discovery's show 'Gold Fever.'
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Dr. Charles Robinson was a thirty-one-year-old doctor in Springfield, Massachusetts when the California Gold Rush started. Just a year earlier, he had lost his wife and young daughter to disease. Looking for a new start in life, Robinson jumped at the chance to head west in the Gold Rush. He joined the Boston Company and set out on the dangerous trek across the California Trail.

Once in California, a cholera outbreak threatened to wipe out the gold fields. Robinson developed a treatment for the disease, earning the trust of his fellow 49ers. As Sam Brannan attempted to take over the gold fields and evict the miners, Robinson led the fight against him.

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