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California Introduction

James Marshall was camped on the American River at Coloma, near Sacramento. He and his crew were building a saw mill for a fellow named John Sutter. On the morning of January 24, 1848, while making adjustments to the millrace, he found a few small nuggets of gold.

Nine days later, the Mexican-American war was over. Mexico gave up the state of California with the Treaty of Guadalupe and California became a U.S. territory.

Sam Brannan, a young newspaper man in San Francisco began to hear rumors of gold at Sutter's Mill and decided to go find out for himself. Indeed, he found the place swarming with prospectors, some quite wealthy. It is said that, being an industrious man, Sam settled at Morman Island on the American River and began to collect "the Lord's tithes"(10% of their gold) from the miners who passed by.

On September 9, 1850, the United States Congress hesitatingly voted to admit another free state to the union. It was called California.

California Facts

  1. California's Mount Whitney measures as the highest peak in the lower 48 states. Its most famous climb is Mount Whitney Trail to the 14,495 feet summit. Wilderness permits are required.
  2. In 1925 a giant sequoia located in California's Kings Canyon National Park was named the nation's national Christmas tree. The tree is over 300 feet in height.
  3. More turkeys are raised in California than in any other state in the United States.
  4. Pacific Park, on the venerable Santa Monica Pier, re-creates the amusement parks once dotting the ocean areas along the Pacific Coast. Featured are 11 amusement rides including the 1910-vintage hand-carved merry-go-round appearing in the movie "The Sting."
  5. Alpine County is the eighth smallest of California's 58 counties. It has no high school, ATMs, dentists, banks, or traffic lights.
  6. Fallbrook is known as the Avocado Capital of the World and hosts an annual Avocado Festival. More avocados are grown in the region than any other county in the nation.
  7. In the late 1850s, Kennedy Mine, located in Jackson, served as one of the richest gold mines in the world and the deepest mine in North America.
  8. An animal called the riparian brush rabbit calls Caswell Memorial State Park (near Manteca) its home. Endemic only to the state's park system, the critter lives in approximately 255 acres stretching along the area's once-vast hardwood forest.