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California Landscapes

Prior to the Gold Rush, settlers very slowly filtered into California until 1848 when gold was discovered at Sutter's Mill. Suddenly, people from all over the world looking to strike it rich flooded through San Francisco. They travelled up the Sacramento River to the gold fields. The Gold Rush was devastating to the Native Americans in the area and depleted many natural resources. What is now San Francisco was once a redwood forest. Whole native tribes were scattered or destroyed. In some areas there were bounties on Indians. The California tribes still have a rich culture and heritage, but the nineteenth century was a period of great loss for all native tribes in the area.

It was this discovery of gold that hastened California's statehood. On September 9, 1850, President Fillmore officially made California the thirty-first state..


Eastern Sierra
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Death Valley
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Auburn / Tahoe Region
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Roadside Vehicles
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Northern California
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California Coast
:: California Coast ::
The Napa Valley
:: The Napa Valley ::
Locke
:: Locke ::
Shasta , Siskiyou and Lassen
:: Shasta , Siskiyou and Lassen ::
The Sundial Bridge
:: The Sundial Bridge ::
Wind Power
:: Wind Power ::
Waterfalls
:: Waterfalls ::
Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest
:: Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest ::
Bodie State Historic Park
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Mono Lake
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Northern California Wildflowers
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California Fall Color
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Sacramento Valley Sunflowers
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Daffodil Hill
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Trains and Railroad Museums
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