1999 is the sesquicentennial of the 1849 gold rush that
made California a state in 1850. The gold rush was one of the largest human
mass migrations ever (nothing like greed to get us moving, eh?)
Here's a calendar of official events state-wide during this historic year in California history.
California is the most populated state in the United States. In January, 1998, California's population topped 33 million. Here's the press release. It includes a lot of other demographic data, too.
Here's the state homepage. It has links to many, many different historic, cultural and geographic locations that can tell you more about the state.
A VERY cool map of California's population distribution.
California history trivia quiz (and I mean TRIVIA)
Good listing of California historical museums.
Listing of California state historical parks.
Want a bunch of good California history stories? See the 'Dogtown Quarterly'. (The original Dog Town was on the eastern slope of the Sierras and was the site of the first major gold rush on that side of the mountains in 1857.)
Ursus californicus? It's the state animal of California. Know what it is? Here's a list of all California state insignia from their magnificent state animal to the state tree.
Here's an intriguing concept. A gentleman is traveling around the state photographing all 1070 of the official state monuments. So far he's been to 850 of them. You can click on each county in the state to see the monuments for that county. (You can see what monuments Mr. Graham will pass by in the counties he travels through.)
A gallery of California pictures. California is probably more diverse culturally and geographically than any state in the union. It has a strong Asian connection, and a strong Latin American connection. Name another state that does. It's northern wine country is world-famous, as are its southern beaches. It boasts the only true Mediterranean climate in the U.S., blooming deserts, stunning mountain vistas, an inland salt sea, redwood forests, beautiful lakes, agricultural valleys that feed the nation, and over 1000 miles of Pacific Ocean coastline. And Hollywood! In some places you can ski (snow) for half a day, then head down to the beach for the rest of the day. And of course, the real reason California is "The Golden State" is not because of the discovery of gold in 1849, but because of the unique golden color of its foothills in the late summer and early autumn; a color like no other.
Here's a more detailed images scrapbook of California places. Great pictures.
A good article on Calfornia's history by Dr.Kevin (don't call me Ken) Starr, California's state librarian.
The Modoc, the Shasta, the Mono, the Washo, the Miwok, the Maidu. They settled here first. Most are gone (just like Ursus californicus), with one exception: they were PEOPLE. Find out about them.
A links page to more information on California's Indians.
An excellent site on the influence of Chinese immigration into California. It's called 'Golden Legacy'. Teachers, take note!
The Mexican Museum, San Francisco
First-person accounts written by "early" settlers to California (1849-1900), meaning not the Indians, Mexicans or the Chinese.
Biographies and histories of every
Here's a site that gives demographic information and leads to county websites for every county in the