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Worksheet #2

GEOGRAPHY STUDY GUIDE

#2 Gold Rush Century

1. California Counties

Choose a county from each column, 5 counties total, and as in the first worksheet, find a historical event that

occurred in that county-using government and county websites, along with educational websites.

Trinity

Lake

Napa

Contra Costa

Alameda

Santa Clara

San Benito

Siskiyou

Shasta

Tehama

Glenn

Colusa

Yolo

Solano

San Joaquin

Stanislaus

Merced

Fresno

Kings

Butte

Sutter

Yuba

Sacramento

Plumas

Sierra

Nevada

Placer

El Dorado

Amador

Calaveras

Tuolumne

Mariposa

Madera

(Fresno)

Tulare

Modoc

Lasen

Mono

Inyo

2. California Indian Territories

Copy the California Indian map from our website, then find and label the following California Indian Groups on

our class map:

#1: Tolowa, Yurok, Wiyot, Mattole, Sinkyone, Wailaki, Lassik, Nongatl, Chimariko, Whilkut, Chilula, Hupa, Karok, Shasta

#2: Achumawi, Atsugewi

#4: Wintu, Nomlaki, Patwin, Nisenan, Konkow, Yana, Maidu

3. California Population

How many people were in California by 1850? 1860? 1870? 1880? 1890? 1910? You can find this information at:

ftp://ftp.census.gov/library/publications/decennial/1920/bulletins/demographics/population-ca-number-of-inhabitants.pdf

(Study over these statistics from the Census Bureau to find the information--which counties grow rapidly before 1910?)

4. GOLD RUSH ART

Oakland Museum at http://explore.museumca.org/goldrush/art.html :

Browse the Art Exhibit tour at the Oakland Museum, site listed above. Look over all the paintings, then choose four you like best (list artist, title, and date done). Why do you like them? Do you think the art realistically conveys the mood and feel of the Gold Rush camps? Why or why not? Explain.

Painting, Artist Your Comments
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What does Gold Rush Art tell us about the experience of people in California in this era?

 

 

5. Gold Rush Towns

Find Dutch Flat, Sonora, and one other town of your choice on the map below, then find some information on these

towns on the web (every town has a website, for example, and you can usually find pictures of various

towns). Find pictures, descriptions, and the history of these towns on the web and write a short

description to sum up significant characteristics of each. Be sure to use quotations where appropriate,

and to cite the sources of your information.

TOWN FOUNDING DATE YOUR DESCRIPTION (geographic and other characteristics)
Dutch Flat  

 

 

Sonora  

 

 

Your Town

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Elliot Koeppel on the Mining Camps, Website & Book, found at: http://www.malakoff.com/goldcountry/campmap.htm

Waterways & Railways

6. San Francisco Bay

Label the following on the blank Bay Area Map below: SOUTH BAY, SAN PABLO BAY, GRIZZLY BAY,

SACRAMENTO RIVER, CENTRAL BAY, SUISUN BAY, HONIKER BAY, SAN JOAQUIN RIVER.

7. California Rivers

Label the Blank River Map with the following: Clear Creek, Shasta Lake, Big Chico River, Butte Creek,

Yuba River, Bear River, American River, Cosumnes River, Mokelumne River, Calaveras River, Stanislaus

River, Tuolumne River, Merced River.

8. Sacramento, Stockton, and Oakland Harbors

"Deep Water Ship Channels: The Delta supports two major inland ports, one in Stockton and one in

Sacramento. They are located about 80 nautical miles east of the Golden Gate Bridge. As shown on the

map, they are served by the Stockton Deep Water Ship Channel, completed in 1933, and the Sacramento

Deep Water Ship Channel, completed in 1963. These channels gave recently been deepened to 35 feet."

(From the Delta Atlas: http://baydeltaoffice.water.ca.gov/sdb/tbp/deltaoverview/ ;

http://baydeltaoffice.water.ca.gov/DeltaAtlas/ )

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Look at the following descriptions and pictures of Sacramento and Stockton, along with the port information about Oakland. Considering what you have read, along with careful study of the information and images below, what adjectives best describe the geography and nature of these towns? Write a paragraph describing the geography an nature of the port towns of Sacramento, Stockton, and Oakland. (use county, state, official, and educational websites).

Port Town Your Description
1. Sacramento  
2. Stockton  
3. Oakland  

1-SACRAMENTO

"Sacramento city, Ca. from the foot of J. Street, showing I., J., & K. Sts. with the Sierra Nevada in the distance /

C. Parsons ; drawn Dec. 20th 1849 by G.V. Cooper ; lith. of Wm. Endicott & Co., N. York." Library of Congress,

http://memory.loc.gov

"View of Sacramento City as it appeared during the great inundation in January 1850 /

drawn from nature by Geo. W. Casilear & Henry Bainbridge ;

lith. of Sarony, New York." Library of Congress, http://memory.loc.gov

W.W. Elliott & Co. CREATED/PUBLISHED


[Sacramento?] Daily record union and weekly union [189-?] Library of Congress, http://memory.loc.gov

Sacramento, circa early 1950s: http://www.highwayman-routes.com/west_sacramento_fwy_photo_album1.html

2-STOCKTON

"First National Gold Bank of Stockton, Main Street/Hunter Street Era: 1868, Photographer: Leonard Covello"

City of Stockton Web Page, http://www.stocktongov.com/discover/history/hist.html

"The city of Stockton, San Joaquin County, Cal. 1895. Copyrighted by John H. Mitchell," San Francisco,

Dakin Publishing Co., c1895, Library of Congress, http://memory.loc.gov

City of Stockton Web Page,

http://www.stocktongov.com/discover/history/hist.html

"Stockton Municipal Baths, San Joaquin Street, Era: 1924, Photographer: Van Covert Martin"

City of Stockton Web Page, http://www.stocktongov.com/history/pic4875.htm

Delta Queen:"Delta Queen in Steamship Race, Era: 1937 - 1938, Photographer: Leonard Covello"

"The Delta Queen is shown in a race in the Stockton Channel in the late 1930's"

"Fishing next to the Delta King, Era: 1959, Photographer: Leonard Covello"

"The Delta King and the Delta Queen were fitted in Stockton using hulls manufactured in Scotland. They were the largest

steamships built in Stockton by the California Transportation Company before the construction of the Deep Water Channel

in 1932. Each ship cost nearly one million dollars. However, the Delta King was unable to show a profit and was sold to a

mining interest in Kitimat, British Columbia where it was used as a bunk house. It was returned to Stockton in 1958 to be

used as a restaurant, then was seized by the U.S. Marshalls in 1966 before being restored circa 1990."

City of Stockton Webpage, http://www.stocktongov.com/ &

http://maritimematters.com/2010/06/the-delta-king-california%E2%80%99s-monarch-by-shawn-j-dake/

3-OAKLAND

Go to the Port of Oakland Website (http://www.portofoakland.com/ ) and briefly note when it was developed and its significance.


Community and Economic Development Agency, Oakland: http://www.business2oakland.com/main/oaklandarmybase.htm


Community and Economic Development Agency, Oakland: http://www.business2oakland.com/main/oaklandarmybase.htm

Oakland, 1900, Library of Congress, http://memory.loc.gov

9. The Alma & Balclutha

Go the the San Francisco Maritime Museum site at http://www.nps.gov/safr/historyculture/alma.htm and http://www.nps.gov/safr/historyculture/balclutha.htm--Briefly explain --IN YOUR OWN WORDS, the sifgnificance of the these two famous San Franciscan ships--the ALMA and the BALCLUTHA. Write one paragraph.

(Main Site for S.F. Historic Ships: http://www.nps.gov/safr/historyculture/historic-vessels.htm)

10. Transcontinental Railroad

CALIFORNIA–NEVADA–UTAH–WYOMING–NEBRASKA (http://cprr.org/Museum/index.html)

Find the above map at the Railroad Museum Website, and look at the California route for the transcontinental railroad. Describe its route--what cities, towns, and counties does the railroad pass through in California? Please note, don't list all the cities and towns it passes through in California--study the map first, then describe the route in your own words using towns or cities you find significant. Write as if you were explaining to someone the route of the this railroad, also taking note of important terrain and geography (consider California's geomorphic provinces, for example). Write one paragraph.