Here are some historical links that will help you learn more about California. Many people think of California as one of the newer states, but the Spanish Conquistadors explored and set up European settlements in the sixteenth century. Sir Francis Drake raided the Spanish Armadas along California's coast during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. At some Missions you can see artifacts brought from Europe that are 600 years old!
History of the Antelope Valley
Edward's Air Force Base
California's Redwood Coast
California Missions virtual tour.
California Missions Interactive
California Mission Studies Association
California Mission Studies Assoc.
California Mission Internet Trail
Bio of Junipero Serra
California Missions Interactive Home Page
The California Mission Resource Page
Rancho & Mission Days in Alta California
California has more Native Americans than any other state. Prior to the Gold Rush, more Native Americans lived here than all other states combined.
Native American Tribes in California
Listing of tribes with tribal contacts. Official State of California information.
California's Lost Tribes
Excellent site with information compiled from the Sacramento Bee. Explains why California's Indians have been shortchanged more than any other tribes.
California Tribal Sites
You will find a huge list of tribal sites here.
Named after a Polish saint, Estanislao became an Indian official with a mission--flee Mission San Jose and lead one of the largest Indian forces ever to fight against whites in California.
The History of the Mechoopda Indian Tribe
A history of the cultural survival of the Maidu.
California's Native Peoples
California Indian Library Collection
Mark Franco's Native American Connection
Cherokee's of California
Crossing the Sierra Nevada Mountains is still considered one of the greatest engineering feats in history. The intersection of the eastbound Central Pacific and westbound Union Pacific railroads actually happened one mile northeast of the famed Golden Spike site, at an unmarked place on the edge of a farmer's field.
Railroad History for Kids
A great site with links to the history and importance of railroads in the US.
Central Pacific Railroad Photographic History Museum
Photographs, engravings, maps, and documents illustrating the history of the first transcontinental railroad.
Driving the Last Spike
Town of Corrine
California State Railroad Museum
Cowgals on the Web
Women of the West