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The Gold Rush of California

california indpendentThe largest migration in world history, of Overland pioneers traversing the continent on foot with wagons and horses, took place right here – beginning in 1848. The discovery of the precious metal gold, that set this rolling, was centered around the western Sierra rivers and mountains of California. The migration west began much earlier, but it increased dramatically after the news spread.

Gold Country Books can relate the historic details of yesteryear.

Within only a decade the entire West Coast was transformed into a developed landscape, with people coming from all over the world to stake out their claims, dreaming of fortunes or simply, just to find work and create a new life. Hence, California became a U.S. state in 1850. Consequently, the railroads followed soon after.

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Gold Rush Map Books

Columbia State Historic Park, California

California’s Gold Country Books

Gold Country Books

Coloma Gold Centennial Stamp 1948

 

Our Favorites on California History

Little did I know what pleasure reading California historical books would bring me in my middle years of life. Transport yourself to the dusty trails and hardships of Overland pioneer life, or imagine a two year journey sailing around the bottom of South America to reach this desolate coast in the early 1800’s. Read these books below to get a glimpse into an Old California story. One you can only dream about, knowing what has become of it today.

Gold Country Books

Gold Country Goofballs in Auburn, CA

Jawbone Canyon OHV Map

Jawbone Canyon Map
Jawbone Canyon is North Mojave Desert,
US Hwy 395 @ Hwy 14

Jawbone Canyon Map

12th edition. jawbone.org

Jawbone Canyon Map

New features on map include – restroom and kiosk locations, updated GPS coordinates, updated trail routes and revised points of interest.

Off Road Map: Jawbone Canyon / Kelso Valley / Randsburg Ghost Town

Jawbone Canyon OHV North Mojave Desert Map; Topo features, Waterways, Trails & Roads. Motorized & no-motorized trails. Eastern Kern County High Desert. Spangler Hills OHV, Trona Pinnacles National Monument, Randsburg OHV, Red Mountain, Johannesburg, Red Rock Canyon State Park, Last Chance Canyon, El Paso Mountain Wilderness, Desert Tortoise Preserve, Kiavah Wilderness, Dove Springs OHV, Bright Star Wilderness, Tehachapi Loop, Walker Basin, California City, BLM Camping Mojave California Desert Trails, Southern Sierra OHV.  Map by Friends of Jawbone w/ California Trail Users Coalition

SoCal Off-Road, OHV Parks, Dove Springs, Jawbone Canyon, Dirt Bike Maps, offroad, North Mojave Desert, Trona Road

 

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CTUC Jawbone Canyon OHV Map

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Jawbone Canyon Map

Camping Last Chance Canyon

Jawbone Canyon Map

California Mojave Desert OHV Camping:

Do the off-roader RVs really roast a turkey in the ground at Jawbone Canyon?

Death Valley National Park is a land to be visited, during winter months (NOV-APRIL)

Randsburg – Living Ghost Town, off US Highway 395

Jawbone Canyon Map

Jawbone Canyon leads up to Kelso Valley & Bright Star Wilderness, eventually up to Lake Isabella near Kern River, Southern Sierra California

see also –

Inyo National Forest Map
Inyo Forest Topo Atlas
Sequoia National Forest Map
Sequoia Forest Atlas
Southern Sierra Map

Death Valley Books

Death Valley Road Trip, Camping Death Valley National Park, Mojave Desert California

Death Valley Books

Dante’s View, DVNP

Death Valley is a desert valley in Eastern California, in the northern Mojave Desert, bordering the Great Basin Desert. It is one of the hottest places on Earth.

The Badwater Basin is the point of lowest elevation in North America, at 282 feet below sea level. It is located 85 miles east-southeast of Mount Whitney, the highest point in the contiguous United States, with an elevation of 14,505 feet.

Lying mostly in Inyo County, California, near the border of California and Nevada, in the Great Basin, east of the Sierra Nevada mountains, Death Valley constitutes much of Death Valley National Park and is the principal feature of the Mojave and Colorado Deserts Biosphere Reserve. It runs from north to south between the Amargosa Range on the east and the Panamint Range on the west; the Grapevine Mountains and the Owlshead Mountains form its northern and southern boundaries, respectively. It has an area of about 3,000 sq miles.

The highest point in Death Valley National Park is Telescope Peak, in the Panamint Range, which has an elevation of 11,043 feet.

Death Valley has a subtropical, hot desert climate, with long, extremely hot summers; short, mild winters; and little rainfall.

The valley is extremely dry, because it lies in the rain shadow of four major mountain ranges (including the Sierra Nevada and Panamint Range). Moisture moving inland from the Pacific Ocean must pass eastward over the mountains to reach Death Valley; as air masses are forced upward by each range, they cool and moisture condenses, to fall as rain or snow on the western slopes. When the air masses reach Death Valley, most of the moisture has already been lost and there is little left to fall as precipitation.

Death Valley Books

Death Valley Books

Death Valley Books

Death Valley Books

see also

Death Valley Topo Map
Benchmark California Atlas
Inyo National Forest Map
Inyo Forest Topo Atlas
Jawbone Canyon Map

Amargosa Opera House @ Death Valley Junction

Death Valley Books

Gold Country Maps

Maps for the California Gold Country

california indpendentGold Country Maps for the Western Sierra foothills, parks, forests, river canyons, fishing, camping, hiking, from Yosemite to the Sierra Buttes. The famous Gold Rush Country in California has historic buildings, mines, roads, and dams. The foothills region is home to numerous big river canyons, which is also the central focus of the historic mining activity.

California Mining Rivers:
Feather River
Yuba River
American River
Cosumnes River
Mokelumne River
Stanislaus River
Tuolumne River
Merced River

Gold Country Maps

Gold Country Maps


Gold Country Maps

Of the approximate 300,000 people who came to California during the Gold Rush, about half arrived by sea and half came overland. While most of the newly arrived were Americans, the gold rush attracted thousands from Latin America, Europe, Australia, and China.

Agriculture and ranching expanded throughout the state to meet the needs of the settlers. San Francisco grew from a small settlement of about 200 residents in 1846 to a boomtown of about 36,000 by 1852. In 1849 a state constitution was written. In September 1850, California became a state.

At the beginning of the Gold Rush, there was no law regarding property rights in the goldfields and a system of “staking claims” was developed. Prospectors retrieved the gold from streams and riverbeds using simple techniques, such as panning.

mining mapsHydraulic mining, a system where miners literally blast the hills and the forested slopes with giant water canons, was so damaging that the first environmental laws in California were passed to prevent it.

 

More Gold Country Area Maps –

Stanislaus National Forest Map

Eldorado National Forest Map

Tahoe National Forest Map

Plumas National Forest Map

Carson Iceberg Wilderness Map

Crystal Basin & Silver Fork

Feather River Topo Map

Lakes Basin Recreation Map

Merced River & Tuolumne River Map

Rock Creek OHV Trail Map

Sierra Buttes Map NatGeo

South Yuba River Map

Yosemite Maps by Tom Harrison

Yuba River & American River Map

Gold Country Maps