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"This is one of the most favored spots of the earth." John Muir, naturalist
The World Almanac of the U.S.A, by Allan Carpenter and Carl Provorse, 1996

"California, kal-e-for'ne-a, a state of the American Union, bordering on the Pacific, is bounded N. by Oregon, E. by Nevada and Arizona, S. by Mexico (Lower California), and W. by the Pacific Ocean, its N. and S. limits being the parallels 32° 28' and 42 N. lat. The Colorado of the West washes the southernmost portion of its E. boundary, dividing it from Arizona; and its sea-coast has a general N.W. and S.E. trend. Area, 158,360 square miles, more than equal to the areas of New England, New York, and Pennsylvania combined. Capital, Sacramento..."

Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ...
Joseph Thomas
January 1, 1895
J.B. Lippincott

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  • 1825 - Mexico takes control in California

    The World Almanac of the U.S.A, by Allan Carpenter and Carl Provorse, 1996

  • 1827 - First American, Jedediah Smith, struggles overland to California

    The World Almanac of the U.S.A, by Allan Carpenter and Carl Provorse, 1996

  • 1846 - Eighty-seven pioneers were trapped by early snows in the Sierra Nevada Mountains that piled five feet deep, with 30 to 40 foot drifts. Just 47 persons survived the "Donner Pass Tragedy".

    The Weather Channel

  • 1848 - 1849 - California became U. S. property with Treaty of Guadalupe; Fire devastated San Francisco webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ catimeln.htm

  • 1848 - January 24 – California Gold Rush: James W. Marshall finds gold at Sutter's Mill, in Coloma, California.
    Many people in California figured gold was there, but it was James W. Marshall on January 24, 1848, who saw something shiny in Sutter Creek near...Read MORE...

  • 1850 - California became 31st state webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ catimeln.htm

  • News 1851 - March 27 – The first white men reportedly see Yosemite Valley.
    March 27, 1851

  • 1856 - January 8 – Borax deposits are discovered in large quantities by John Veatch in California.
    January 8, 1856

  • News 1857 - January 9 – Fort Tejon earthquake: An earthquake with an estimated magnitude of 7.9 strikes near Parkfield, California.
    January 9,1857

  • 1860 - February 26 – White settlers massacre a band of Wiyot Indians on Indian Island near Eureka, California. At least 60 women, children and elders are killed.
    February 26, 1860

  • News 1865 - July 30 – The steamer Brother Jonathan sinks off the California coast, killing 225.
    July 30, 1865

  • News 1868 - Sixty thousand Chinamen live in California.
    Of these, about 10,000 are employed on the Central Pacific Railroad, and 4,000 manage to find work in San Francisco. The mines give employment to a...Read MORE...

  • News 1869 - California proposes to hold a World's Fair in 1870, and the Pacific railroad agrees to carry passengers at half fare.

    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    January 30, 1869

  • News 1872 - March 26 – An earthquake with an estimated magnitude of 7.2 strikes Lone Pine, California.
    March 26, 1872

  • News 1878 - July 26 – In California, the poet and American West outlaw calling himself "Black Bart" makes his last clean getaway when he steals a safe box from a Wells Fargo stagecoach. The empty box is found later with a taunting poem inside.
    July 26, 1878

  • News 1890 - Yosemite National Park created
    On this day in 1890, an act of Congress creates Yosemite National Park, home of such natural wonders as Half Dome and the giant sequoia trees....Read MORE...

  • 1900 - Oil discovered along Kern River webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ catimeln.htm

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    Bakersfield, Kern, California, USA
    Kern County Court House
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    Union Station
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    Main St., Placerville, Calif., Showing Methodist Church
  • News 1907 - July 21 – The SS Columbia sinks after colliding with the lumber schooner San Pedro off Shelter Cove, California, U.S.A., resulting in 88 deaths.
    July 21, 1907

  • News January 31, 1911 - Tamarack, CA, was without snow the first eight days of the month, but by the end of January had been buried under 390 inches of snow, a record monthly total for the U.S.

    The Weather Channel
    January 31, 1911

  • News 1913 - July 10 - The mercury hit 134 degrees at Greenland Ranch in Death Valley, CA, the hottest reading of record for the North American continent.
    Sandstorm conditions accompanied the heat. The high the previous day was 129 degrees, following a morning low of 93 degrees.
    The Weather Channel
    July 10, 1913

  • News 1923 - October 16 - Roy and Walt Disney found The Walt Disney Company.
    October 16, 1923

  • News 1923 - September 17 – Berkeley Fire: A major fire in Berkeley, California, erupts, consuming some 640 structures, including 584 homes in the densely built neighborhoods north of the campus of the University of California.
    September 17, 1923

  • News 1928 - March 28 - In California, the St. Francis Dam north of Los Angeles fails, killing 600.
    March 28, 1928

  • News January 19, 1933 - Giant Forest CA received 60 inches of snow in just 24 hours, a state record, and the second highest 24 hour total of record for the U.S.
    January 19, 1933

  • News 1936 - November 12 – In California, the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge opens to traffic.
    November 12, 1936

  • News February 23, 1936 - A severe blizzard in the Sierra Nevada Range closed Donner Pass. It stranded 750 motorists and claimed seven lives.
    February 23, 1936

  • News 1939 - August 15 – MGM's classic musical film The Wizard of Oz, based on L. Frank Baum's famous novel, and starring Judy Garland as Dorothy, premieres at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.
    August 15, 1939

  • News 1941 - May 6 – At California's March Field, entertainer Bob Hope performs his first USO Show.
    May 6, 1941

  • 1942 - Japanese Americans relocated to U.S. concentration camps; Japanese submarine shelled an oil field near Goleta. webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ catimeln.htm

  • News 1949 - November 24 – The ski resort in Squaw Valley, California officially opens.
    November 24, 1949

  • February 13th to 19th, 1959 - Some of the higher elevations of California were in the midst of a five day storm which produced 189 inches of snow, a single storm record for North America.

  • 1969 - Native Americans occupied Alcatraz Island webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ catimeln.htm

  • News 1970 - September 30 - A nineteen month drought in southern California came to a climax.
    The drought, which made brush and buildings tinder dry, set up the worst fire conditions in California history as hot Santa Anna winds sent the...Read MORE...

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