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California Cities / 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..

Los Angeles and Vicinity
:: Los Angeles and Vicinity ::
San Diego
:: San Diego ::
Northern California
:: Northern California ::
The Napa Valley
:: The Napa Valley ::
California Coast
:: California Coast ::
Shasta , Siskiyou and Lassen
:: Shasta , Siskiyou and Lassen ::
The Sundial Bridge
:: The Sundial Bridge ::
Eastern Sierra
:: Eastern Sierra ::
Death Valley
:: Death Valley ::
Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest
:: Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest ::
Bodie State Historic Park
:: Bodie State Historic Park ::
 Tahoe / Yosemite Region
::  Tahoe / Yosemite Region ::
:: Waterfalls ::
Northern California Wildflowers
:: Northern California Wildflowers ::
Sacramento Valley Sunflowers
:: Sacramento Valley Sunflowers ::
California Fall Color
:: California Fall Color ::
Roadside Vehicles
:: Roadside Vehicles ::
Trains and Railroad Museums
:: Trains and Railroad Museums ::