California History Quick Facts

Interesting facts about California history, from the California Travel and Tourism Commission.
  • Coloma is home of the gold discovery that touched off the Great Gold Rush of 1849.

  • The first Masonic Lodge in California, built in 1854, is located in Shasta State Historic Park.

  • Stearns Wharf, located in Santa Barbara and built in 1872 by John P. Stearns, is the oldest operating wharf on the West Coast.

  • The Modoc War, fought from January 16, 1873 to June 1, 1873, was only major Indian War fought on California Soil at the present site of Lava Beds National Monument.

  • The only general officer to be killed in the Modoc War was Major General Edward Richard Sprig Canby (Lava Beds National Monument) in April of 1873. & Ballard's Little Red Schoolhouse, located in Solvang is the oldest schoolhouse still in use (Built in 1883).

  • The Samoa Cookhouse in Humboldt County is the last operating cookhouse in the West, serving since 1893.

  • Siskiyou County, on the old stage road from Yreka to Fort Jones, was the site of the last horsedrawn stagecoach robbery in California on July 5, 1908.

  • Julia Morgan, California's first female architect, designed the historical YWCA landmark in Pasadena. The YWCA was built in 1921.

  • The United Nations was founded in San Francisco, California on June 25,1945.

  • Replicated from a 1908 shop, the Escondido Historical Society owns and operates the only blacksmith shop in California, offering classes and instruction since 1990.

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