Friday, December 4, 2009

A Peek Into Northern California

The area of the Tehachapi Mountains consisting of 48 counties is termed as Northern California. Northern California holds a significant place in the world’s economic, cultural and scientific development from the times of the ‘Great Californian Gold Rush’. The gold mining techniques that took birth here were later used around the world.

This region has been home to many foreign settlements beginning with the Spanish traders establishing colonies as early as in the 1540s. In 1579, the English visited Northern California. The 19th century saw the expansion of the Spanish colonization in Northern California.

In 1812, the Russians entered Northern California. But by 1841, the Americans in this region began to increase in number and this had a strong impact on the politics. Finally on July 9th 1846, the US Army took over this region of America.

The gold rush from 1848 to 1855 had an impact on the economics and population of Northern California. The Central Valley dominated the agricultural areas of the California. The first rail link was completed in 1887.

Prestigious educational institutions like The University of California and Stanford University are located in Northern California. A number of private institutions hosted in this region provide world class education.

The gold rush can be viewed as the foundation of the Northern Californian economy. Present economy is made up of world renowned technological companies like eBay, Yahoo!, Google, Hewlett-Packard and Apple Computers establishing their domains in Northern California.

The Northern California Coastal forests are moist regions nurtured by Pacific storms in winter and in summer by the coastal fog. This forest region has dense population of redwood, closed cone pine, tan oak, Douglas fir and coastal grasslands. The grasslands are also called as ‘Bald Hills’.

The Northern Californian coast is adorned by many spectacular beaches that are popular vacation destinations. This coast line makes up 1000 miles of the United State’s western coast. Surfing, swimming and sunbathing are common activities on these beaches.

Northern California is home to many theme parks. The famous parks are Death Valley National Park, Redwood National Park, Lassen Volcanic National Park, Yosemite National Park, Safari West and many more. The world famous Disneyland is situated here. Wild life sanctuaries in Northern California include National Wildlife Refuge and Farallon National Wildlife Refuge for marine life.

The current highlight of the upcoming events in Northern California is the 18th Brookedale Bluegrass Festival on the 4th and 5th of December in Boony Doon sponsored by the Northern California Bluegrass society.

Christmas awaits ‘The Glory of Christmas Musical’ a blend of Christmas carols at Garden Grove.

On the dawn of the New Year, residents can enjoy Crystal Eyes Skating at Long Beach.

The State, rich in history, economy, nature and culture with a huge coast line is a home to 54% of America’s population!!

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