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California State Symbols - State Mineral Gold

The California state mineral - no surprise here - is gold. The California Gold Rush (1848-1855) brought over 300,000 people to the California territory to settle the state. Many were Americans, but people came from all over the world - Latin America, Australia, Asia, and Europe. Most didn't find their fortune, BUT, they did build roads and towns, established ranches and farms,and drew the railroad west to the coast.

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