Great Seal of CaliforniaThe Greek word “Eureka,” translated as “I have found it,” has appeared on the state seal since 1849, when California’s first Constitutional Convention convened in Monterey preparatory to anticipated U. S. statehood — while news editors

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sierra Nevada The now-famous words “Go West, young man” are attributed to Horace Greely , the often irascible editor of the New York Tribune. He may not have coined this popular saying at all, but merely popularized the phrase in an era when Americans were

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Benitoite

Sometimes called the “blue diamond,” benitoite (pronounced beh-nee-tow-ite) occurs in a wide range of colors including pinkish-purple, white, several shades of blue, and occasionally violet.  It has never

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Sheriff badge 4Sacramento County’s first sheriff was a young man named Joseph H. McKinney, who was killed in the line of duty during the infamous Squatter’s Riots a mere four months after taking office.   McKinney came West in 1849.  He operated a saloon named The Gem at 2nd and J Streets

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Wells FargoWhen the Gold Rush lured thousands of fortune hunters to California, New England stagemen followed to establish the first overland transportation in the West. Among these seasoned entrepreneurs were brothers Warren and William

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