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The Gold Rush Was California's Shortcut to Statehood

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In 1848, pioneer John Sutter and a carpenter named James Marshall discovered gold in a local stream, prompting a major gold rush. Just a year later, California would become America's 31st state.


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It's a region that has been hit by earthquakes, drought, and volcanoes, yet over the centuries, Northern California has produced an unmatched scale of achievement, thanks to the pioneering spirit of its citizens. Join us as we celebrate the northern half of the Golden State from thousands of feet in the air. We soar over natural and manmade wonders, from San Francisco's iconic landmarks to the wineries of Napa Valley. Explore the area's towering redwoods, tracing a dramatic history built on colonial settlement, gold digging, and hippie culture.

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