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California: Tourist country of the west

René Steiner (Berkeley, California (U.S.A.))

The Tourist Review

ISSN: 0251-3102

Article publication date: 1 April 1947



100 years ago California was still an unexplored part of the American continent. Only a few settlers had found their way into the promising agricultural regions of Northern California. The Spanish settlers indeed had been on the Coast line for several centuries, Russians too saw the shores of the American West Coast. But the real discovery of California took place with the discovery of Gold by Marshall. It was on a Monday, January 24th, 1848 when Marshall found the first evidence of the precious metal in the tail race of General Sutter's Saw Mill. California's history has been linked with gold since then for ever. It is called the golden State, not without reason. The most beautiful single human engineering work spans the Golden Gate, the Golden Gate Bridge. To‐day this gate opens to a continuous stream of goods and passengers from all over the world. The actual metal has lost its importance, but to‐day California is rich with another gold. It has developed to an industrial and trading center of the United States and its population amounts to more than 9.4 million people. It is a proud state, and it is a very self‐confident state. The people know that they live in the most dynamic state of the Union and they have begun to feel their increasing responsibility and importance in the political and economic picture of the United States of America. Governor Warren, an initiative and able administrator has at several occasions been mentioned as a possible presidential candidate for 1948. Although this may not become true, the trend is nevertheless significant.


Steiner, R. (1947), "California: Tourist country of the west", The Tourist Review, Vol. 2 No. 4, pp. 136-138.




Copyright © 1947, MCB UP Limited

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