Cosumnes River 2

Samuel Kyburz was born in Switzerland in 1810. He learned the art of silk weaving on his family’s farm, a trade he took with him when his family emigrated to the United States in September 1833.  They settled in

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Mt. WhitneyBecause it is the highest peak in the contiguous United States, scores of mountaineers have made it their goal to reach its 14,505-foot summit since its official discovery in 1864. But who was the first to stand on its lofty heights? Geologist Clarence

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BrideTwenty-four–year-old Rachel Hobson Holmes boarded the trading vessel Newcastle out of Boston in September 1831. She was sailing for far-off California to join her seafaring, Danish-born husband Captain A. C. Holmes, whom she had married

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CA poppy close view

In June 1907, when stagecoach travel was rapidly being replaced by the railroads, an old, yellowed handbill happened to surface. “Atchison, Kansas to San Francisco, California in 35 days; fare, only $200 in gold”

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stagecoach sketch

In 1850, as fortune-hunters from all over the world scoured the foothills across ever-widening vistas from the original California gold discovery at Coloma two years previously, a horse thief calling himself

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