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The Sacramento River was the highway into California for emigrants who arrived overland, starting with John Bidwell in 1841. With the gold rush, it became the highway to hoped-for riches, as Forty-niners crossed the Sierra Nevadas at Goose Lake and raced to strike it rich along one of the Sacramento's west-flowing tributaries in the area marked as the "Gold Region" on this 1860's map.

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