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map of California showing geographical features             statewide links

A Few Important People

general works about California

Northern California links

Central California links

Southern California links
Beach Towns Page
SoCal Day Trips Page
Orange County Page
San Diego & Imperial counties

Indian Country of California

Railroads of California

            map of California showing county boundaries

“It was a splendid population – for all the slow, sleepy, sluggish-brained sloths stayed at home – you never find that sort of people among pioneers – you cannot build pioneers out of that sort of material. It was that population that gave to California a name for getting up astounding enterprises and rushing them through with a magnificent dash and daring and a recklessness of cost or consequences, which she bears unto this day – and when she projects a new surprise the grave world smiles as usual and says, 'Well, that is California all over'.”
Mark Twain [1835-1910], in "Roughing It" [1872]

“The wild mustard in Southern California is like that spoken of in the New Testament . . .
Its gold is as distinct a value to the eye as the nugget gold is in the pocket.”
— Helen Hunt Jackson [1830-85], in the novel "Ramona" [1884]

“Come down to Big Sur and let your soul have some room to get outside its marrow.”
Richard Brautigan [1935-84], in the novel "A Confederate General From Big Sur" [1964]

“California deserves whatever it gets. Californians invented the concept of life-style. This alone warrants their doom.”
— Don DeLillo, in the novel "White Noise" [1985]

flag of the State of California           The Great Seal of the State of California           2005 state series U.S. quarter for California           2010 park series U.S. quarter for YosemiteNational Park in California

Official Government Links & Info
California covers 163,696 square miles {423,970 square kilometers}.
Highest elevation is 14,505 feet (4421 meters) at Mount Whitney; lowest elevation is 282 feet below sea level in Death Valley.
State population: 37.7 million (U.S. Census 2011 estimate).
The state was admitted to the Union on 1 September 1850 {the 31st state}.
The state motto is "Eureka" (I have found it).
The popular name is 'Golden State'; the state fish is the Golden Trout.
The state flower is the California Poppy; the state trees are the Coast Redwood, Giant Sequoia & Sequoia redwoods.
The state animal is the California Grizzly Bear {extinct}; the state bird is the California Quail.

State of California official website
Gov. Jerry Brown [sworn 1/2011}

former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, in office Nov 2003 to Dec 2010
Arnold Watch website {last update 2009}

just the numbers       numbers & prize amounts

General Statewide Links
aerial photos of the entire California Coastline
Just California Travel Guide
CalTrout, Inc. conservation group [est. 1970]
CaliforniaDomain directory
Courage Campaign progressive alliance
Train Riders Assn. of California
Rail Passenger Alliance of California
California Authors directory
Democratic Party of California
Black Bear Diner [chain est. 1995] {41 locations in California}
NewPages.com's Directory of Independent Bookstores for California

California Missions Travel Links Page

A Few Important People

Dr. Eric Berne [1910-1970]

Gov. Edmund G. 'Pat' Brown [1905-96], served 1959-66

twice Gov. Edmund Gerald 'Jerry' Brown, Jr. - served 1975-82 & 2011-18

poet Charles Bukowski [1920-94]

Carlos Castañeda [1925-98]

labor activist César E. Chávez [1927-93]

Andrew & Peggy Cherng  own  Panda Restaurant Group [est. 1973]
which operates Panda Inn Mandarin Cuisine [est. 1973] - five locations in California, and Panda Express Gourmet Chinese Food [est. 1983] - 1,400 locations,
and Hibachi-San Japanese Grill [est. 1992] - 17 locations in 12 states, and Wasabi Sushi Restaurant [re-opened 10/2013] at City Walk, Universal City

'Death Valley Scotty'
Walter Edward Perry Scott [1872-1954]

labor leader Eugene V. Debs [1855-1926]

Walt Disney [1901-66]

designers Charles & Ray Eames

Werner Erhard

physicist Richard P. Feynman [1918-88]

John C. Frémont [1813-90]

surfing legend 'Gidget'

Wm. Randolph Hearst [1863-1951]

longshoreman-philosopher Eric Hoffer [1902-83]

poet Robinson Jeffers [1887-1962]

Steven Jobs [1955-2011]

Jack Kerouac [1922-69]

Dr. Timothy Leary [1920-96]

Charles F. Lummis [1859-1928]

infamous murderer Charles Manson [1934-2017] died in prison at age 83

Henry Miller [1891-1980]

eco-activist John Muir [1838-1914]

civil engineer William Mulholland [1855-1935]
"Water to the Angels: William Mulholland, His Monumental Aqueduct and the Rise of Los Angeles"
by Les Standiford Ecco, $28.99 hardcover, 9780062251428

bandit Joaquin Murietta [1829?-1853?]

Emperor Norton I [1818-80] of San Francisco

Ronald Reagan [1911-2004]

economist Robert B. Reich

Sabato 'Simon' Rodia [1879-1965]

author William Saroyan [1908-81]

Charles M. Schulz [1922-2000]

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Junípero Serra [1713-84]

Dr. Seuss {Theodor Geisel 1904-91}

Upton Sinclair [1878-1968]

John Steinbeck [1902-68]

California poet George Sterling [1869-1926]

Robert Louis Stevenson [1850-94]

Mark Twain [1835-1910]

Jay Ward [1920-89]

Leonard Wibberley [1915-83]

fictional character 'El Zorro'

Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, Inc.

General Books About California
browse travel books about California U.S.A. at Amazon

Southern California by McWilliams  "Southern California [Country]: An Island On The Land" [1946]
by Carey McWilliams

"Probably the best book on Southern California." — Robert Towne
Peregrine Smith 8x5½ pb [3/80] for $17.95
Americans & the California Dream book by Kevin Starr  "Americans and The California Dream, 1850-1915" [1973]
by Kevin Starr, California State Librarian Emeritus

Oxford Univ Press 9x5¾ pb [12/86] for $35.99
Oxford Univ Press 9¼x6¼ hardcover [5/73] for $55.15
Inventing The Dream / California Through The Progressive Era book by Kevin Starr  "Inventing The Dream: California Through The Progressive Era" [1985]
by Kevin Starr, California State Librarian Emeritus

Oxford Univ Press 9¼x6 pb [12/86] for $22.50
Oxford Univ Press 9½x6½ hardcover [3/85] out of print/used
Material Dreams / Southern California Through The 1920s book by Kevin Starr  "Material Dreams: Southern California Through The 1920s" [1990]
by Kevin Starr, California State Librarian Emeritus

Oxford Univ Press 9x5¾ pb [10/91] for $27.95
Oxford Univ Press 9½x6½ hardcover [4/90] for $61.49
Endangered Dreams / The Great Depression in California book by Kevin Starr  "Endangered Dreams: The Great Depression In California" [1996]
by Kevin Starr, California State Librarian Emeritus

Oxford Univ Press 9x6 pb [11/97] for $22.45
Oxford Univ Press 9½x6½ hardcover [1/96] for $60.00

see also Spirit of America's 'Great Depression' [1929-39] Page

The Dream Endures / California Enters the 1940s book by Kevin Starr  "The Dream Endures: California Enters The 1940s" [1997]
by Kevin Starr, California State Librarian Emeritus

Oxford Univ Press 9x6 pb [11/2002] for $22.45
Oxford Univ Press 9½x6½ hardcover [5/97] for $48.00
Jack London’s Golden State book edited by Gerald Haslam  "Jack London’s Golden State: Selected California Writings" [1999]
Edited by Gerald Haslam

Heyday Books 9x6 pb [7/1999] out of print/used
essays, short stories, journalism, and fiction excerpts (from "John Barleycorn", "Martin Eden", "The Sea Wolf", "The Star Rover", "The Iron Heel", "The Valley Of The Moon" & others)
Jack London [1876-1916] Page at Spirit of America Bookstore
Salt Dreams Land and Water book by William deBuys  "Salt Dreams: Land and Water In Low-Down California" [1999]
by William deBuys, Photographs by Joan Myers

Kindle Edition from VisionIntoArt [4/2017] for $9.99
Univ New Mexico Press 10x8½ pb [3/2001] for $29.95
Univ New Mexico Press 10½x9 hardcover [10/99] for $34.50
Chasing The California Dream / Solo Horseback Journey book by Lisa F. Wood  "Chasing The California Dream: A Solo Horseback Journey Along The California Coast"
[2001] by Lisa F. Wood

The author traveled on horseback in 1991 along the California coastline from the Mexican border to the Oregon border, duplicating the 1500-mile journey that J. Smeaton Chase made in 1911.
Lost Coast Press 8½x5½ pb [6/2001] for $12.95
Embattled Dreams / California in War & Peace book by Kevin Starr  "Embattled Dreams: California In War & Peace, 1940-1950" [2002]
by Kevin Starr, California State Librarian Emeritus

Oxford Univ Press 9x6 pb [9/2003] for $22.45
Oxford Univ Press 9½x6½ hardcover [5/2002] out of print/used
My California: Journeys By Great Writers book from the California Arts Council  "My California: Journeys By Great Writers" [27 travel essays, 2004]
Edited by Donna Wares, Illustrations by David Hockney, Introduction by Pico Iyer
Essays by 27 California authors, compiled as a revenue source for the California Arts Council; contribu-tors include Mark Arax, Michael Chabon, Veronique de Turenne, Anh Do, Firoozeh Dumas, Percival Everett, Dana Gioia, Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Gerald Haslam, Edward Humes, Pico Iyer, David Kipen, Aimee Liu, Mary Mackey, devorah major, Rubén Martínez, Patt Morrison, T. Jefferson Parker, Derek M. Powazek, Carolyn See, Thomas Steinbeck, Deanne Stillman, Héctor Tobar, D.J. Waldie, Matt Warshaw, Daniel Weintraub & Chryss Yost
Angel City Press pb [6/2004] for $10.88
Coast of Dreams: California On The Edge book by Kevin Starr  
"Coast of Dreams: California On The Edge, 1990-2002" [2005]
by Kevin Starr, California State Librarian Emeritus

Vintage 7½x5 pb [2/2006] for $12.21
Allen Lane 9¼x6 hardcover [6/2005] out of print/used
California History book by Kevin Starr  "California: A History" [2005]
by Kevin Starr, California State Librarian Emeritus

Modern Library 8x5¼ pb [3/2007] for $10.17
Modern Library 8½x5¾ hardcover [10/2005] for $16.47
Golden Dreams / California in an Age of Abundance book by Kevin Starr  "Golden Dreams: California In An Age of Abundance,
1950-1963" [2009]
by Kevin Starr, California State Librarian Emeritus

Oxford Univ Press 9¼x6½ hardcover [7/2009] for $23.07

California Fiction

"Ramona: The Story of The White Man's Injustice To The Indian" [1884 novel] by Helen Hunt Jackson

California Girl novel by T. Jefferson Parker  "California Girl: A Novel" [2004] by T. Jefferson Parker
A decades-long epic about two Orange County families and a murder
Kindle Edition from HarperCollins e-books [10/2009] for $6.49
Harper Perennial 8x5¼ pb [7/2009] for $14.93
HarperTorch mass pb [12/2005] out of print/100+ used
Wm. Morrow 9¼x6½ hardcover [10/2004] out of print/100+ used
Orange County Noir stories edited by Gary Phillips  "Orange County Noir" [14 stories 2010]
Edited by Gary Phillips, Foreword by T. Jefferson Parker

14 brand-new stories by Mary Castillo, Barbara DeMarco-Barrett, Dan Duling, Robert S. Levinson, Dick Lochte, Lawrence Maddox, Gordon McAlpine, Patricia McFall, editor Phillips, Rob Roberge, Martin J. Smith, Susan Straight, Nathan Walpow, and Robert Ward
Kindle Edition from Akashic Noir Series [6/2012] for $8.75
Akashic Books 8¼x5¼ pb [4/2010] for $14.84
Land of the Afternoon Sun novel by Barbara Wood   "Land of The Afternoon Sun" [2016]  7/2016
by historical romance novelist Barbara Wood

A disinherited English baron and a young New York heiress marry and move West in the 1920s;
they build an agricultural empire in Palm Springs when it was just a small town on the edge of the Mojave Desert.

Kindle Edition from Turner Publng [7/2016] for $9.49
Turner Publng 9x6 pb [7/2016] for $15.55
Turner Publng 9x6¼ hardcover [7/2016] for $25.21

Other Media About California

Modern Marvels Pacific Coast Highway DVD from History Channel  "Modern Marvels: Pacific Coast Highway" [History Channel Feb 2004]
U.S. Highway 101 from Seattle to the Mexican border took 25 years for construction.
A&E Television Networks 47-minute DVD-R [7/2008] for $24.95
full credits at IMDb

Northern California
Northern California Page
Northern Counties Section
Northern Coast Section

Central California

Central California Page

San Francisco Bay Area
Oakland - East Bay Area
Silicon Valley Area

Gold Country Area Section
East of the Sierras

California's Central Coast Section

California's Central Valley Section

Tri-Counties Area Section
San Luis Obispo
Santa Barbara

Southern California
Southwest Restaurants Assn.

Southern California Travel & Business Links Page
Local Eateries Section
Local Government Section
Local News & Media Section
Cities & Districts Section

Museums & Culture Page
Los Angeles Area Bookstores
Culver City, California: My Home Town
Culver City, California Local Businesses Page
Culver City [CA] Online Film Festival

L.A. County Beach Towns Page
Orange County Page

Southern California Day Trips Page
Catalina IslandInland Empire & EastwardSanta Clarita to Oxnard
The DesertSouth of L.A. & Orange Counties

San Diego & Imperial counties
San Diego area

'The Colorado' documentary film by Murat Eyuboglu  "The Colorado" [Vision Into Art April 2016 ]
91-minute documentary film set to music, divided into nine chapters • Co-produced, co-written & directed by Murat Eyuboglu; co-written by William deBuys; narrated by Mark Rylance
DVD/Blu-ray not available • credits at IMDbofficial moviesite
VisionIntoArt Records soundtrack CD [5/2016] for $18.99
watch 2/2016 official trailer [2:08] online at Vimeo
'inspired by' "Salt Dreams: Land and Water In Low-Down California" [1999]
by William deBuys, Photographs by Joan Myers

Kindle Edition from VisionIntoArt [4/2017] for $9.99
Univ New Mexico Press 10x8½ pb [3/2001] for $29.95
Univ New Mexico Press 10½x9 hardcover [10/99] for $34.50

Indian Country of California
entry for Indigenous Peoples of California at Wikipedia
California State Indian Museum [est. 1940] in Sacramento, California
California State Indian Heritage Center [under construction] in West Sacramento, California

Southwest Museum of The American Indian [est. 1907] in Los Angeles, CA
co-founded by Charles F. Lummis [1859-1928]; effectively closed by the Autry Museum in 2004
local coalition to save/reopen the Southwest Museum

Agua Caliente Indian Reservation [est. 1896] at Palm Springs, California

Fort Mojave Indian Reservation [est. 1870] is 56.5% in Arizona, 30% in California, and 13.5% in Nevada

Hupa/Hoopa Valley Indian Reservation [est. 1864]
official tribal websiteentry at Wikipedia
Hoopa Valley Tribal Museum in Hoopa, California

Mission Indians Reservations [28 locations; est. 1870]
Round Valley Indian Reservation [est. 1864]
Tule River Indian Reservation [est. 1873]

Washoe Tribe of Nevada & California

Railroads of California

INFO: includes routes and stations for Amtrak, BART, Muni, VTA, Caltrain, Altamont Commuter Express, Sacramento Regional Transit, NCTD, San Diego Trolley, L.A. Metro, and Metrolink; plus key bus and ferry connections between rail services  California Rail Map website (free download) listing of surviving steam locomotives in California
'list of California railroads' page at Wikipedia
TrainWeb / Tourist Railways / California website got hacked {2017}
U.P. Railroad Shortline Railroad Profiles for California
Rail Museums listing for California
Harvey House Restaurants in California {9 gone, 3 standing}

California Travel / Railroads Page

Colorado Travel / Railroads Pages
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New Mexico Travel / Railroads Page
Utah Travel / Railroads Page

G.E. Nordell's Carson & Colorado / Nevada & California / Southern Pacific Narrow-Gauge Railroads Page
G.E. Nordell's Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad of California [1876-1942] Page
G.E. Nordell's Sierra Railway of California [est. 1897] Page

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