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California Admission Day

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 In early 1848, gold was discovered in Sacramento, California along the American River. With this discovery, the California gold rush was on, and it triggered a huge increase in population. Actually, it sparked the largest migration of people in the World. With a population that grew from 14,000 people to 223,000 people in two years, California suddenly had a need for civil government structure. 

Later that year, a treaty was signed by Mexico and the United States of America, which ended the Mexican War. In that treaty, land in the Southwest United States was given over to America. 

As a result, California became a State on September 9, 1850. As the 31st State, it had challenges ahead. First, it had to name a capital. Its 1st capital was San Jose, which presented problems. Because of the climate, the roads at the time would not hold up. The capital was moved several more times before settling in Sacramento in 1854. 

Interesting facts about California 

  • More turkeys are raised in California than any other state
  • California is the largest agricultural state in America
  • More than 17 million gallons of wine are produced each year
  • The highest peak in the lower 48 states is located in California (Mount Whitney)
  • The Golden Gate Bridge has enough steel cables to stretch around the Earth over 3 times
  • An estimated 80% of the gold in the Mother Lode is still unclaimed
  • The state motto was adopted in 1849. “Eureka” means, “I found it.” 

California, we are glad you became a state! Being the 1st state to reach a three million dollar economy, is a great asset to the country. Founded on gold and creating golden opportunities for Americans for many years to come, welcome to the Union. 

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