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California Gold Rush for Kids

On January 24, 1848, James W. Marshall discovered gold in the American River, on the property of his employer John A. Sutter. Despite their efforts to keep this discovery quiet, news soon got out that there was gold in the hills of the River and by August of that year the hillside was covered with tents as men from around the globe, made their way to California to strike it rich. This was no planned event. The Mexican War had only just been won and the Eastern Seaboard was in a state of financial depression. California Governor Richard Barnes Mason declared, "I have no hesitation now in saying, that there is more gold in the country drained by the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers than will pay the cost of the present war with Mexico a hundred times over." It appeared that the promise of gold was too good to pass up. To begin with, men came from the West. They were already close by, and they were hard working honest and trusting men. Soon however, settlers began to make their way across the country from the East. The gold attracted many outlaws with little respect for the law. Robbery, murder, and conflict with Indians and bandits became common. With the inability of local law enforcement to manage this influx of crime, vigilante groups and lynching became a common...

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Selling A Home – What Attachments Stay or Go?

The home selling and buying process can be confusing. This is especially true when it is a FSBO (for sale by owner) operation. It's even tougher when either the seller nor the buyer is in the real estate business. This article sorts through what stays in the house or condo when it's sold. Attachments – Literally! In most states, the term "attached" takes on a unique meaning in real estate. Essentially, it boils down to this, "If it's attached to the real estate, it's no longer personal property." Practically speaking, anything attached to the home stays with it when ownership is transferred. Applying this concept, it's easy to see why chandeliers, doorknobs and kitchen cabinets stay. To determine whether something stays or goes, focus on the attachment issue. Plants can often be a confusing item. Usually, it they are planted in the ground, they stay. If they are in planters, they go. With other items, just look to see if they are attached to the property. I Am Seller – Hear Me Roar! If you're a seller, you've probably spent a good bit of time and effort on the property. What if you want to take a few attached items with you? Can you legally keep it? What if you're thinking, "That fixture hanging over the breakfast table has a real Tiffany shade? It was a wedding present from...

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The Nepal Quake and California's (Big One)

The 7.8 earthquake that hit Nepal's Katmandu Valley last Sunday is a tragedy. Nearly 4,000 people are confirmed dead, and that number is expected to rise. The damage to structures throughout the area has also been horrific, especially in Katmandu, the nation's capital. It is believed that hundreds of people may still be trapped in the rubble. The quake stuck approximately 50 miles northwest of Katmandu, and was felt as far away as Pakistan, Tibet and Bangladesh. There were numerous aftershocks, including a magnitude 6.7. If you live in California, news of the quake has probably started you thinking again about the Big One – the 8.0+ earthquake that is expected to hit this area within the next 30 years. It is believed the quake will occur along the San Andreas Fault and cause destruction up to 100 miles away. Did you know that the water supply for San Francisco Peninsula residents comes from two sources (the San Andreas Lake and Crystal Springs reservoir) that sit on top of the fault, or that the fault passes through three key transportation, power and utility corridors in southern California? Experts believe that if the fault ruptures, it will break almost everything that crosses it. In one study, a scenario was created in which a large earthquake ruptured the fault for 200 miles. According to the report, there would be 100 seconds...

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Accident Damaged Cars For Sale

Accident Damaged Cars are one of the most common type of salvage vehicles available on the open market. These accident damaged cars are usually vehicles that have been taken over by insurance companies for reasons of not having to pay auto body companies from repairing damage that would cost more than the vehicle itself. The insurance companies would rather pay the owner the value of the vehicle that may be considerably less than having the vehicle repaired. Once the car has been taken by the insurance company it is usually priced out to junk or salvage dealers who tend to either strip the cars and sell the parts or if the car is not damaged to far resale it to the public. Once the accident damaged car for sale is sold it still has a long way to go before it is able to be driven on the open road. When sold these vehicles are deemed un-driven by motor vehicle associations. The vehicles need to go through the process of being repaired and brought back up to standards that each country deems necessary. Now the repairs are done and you feel that the repairs are all that you need. Well, the vehicle is still not ready for the open road. Meaning, you still will not be able to register the vehicle just yet. Now, you need to have the...

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Fun Places To Go In California

California is one of the most exciting states in the country, both to live and to visit. I have lived in California for about half my life and I have no desire to leave the state. I have also enjoyed touring most of the state, from Mt. Shasta to Yosemite to San Diego to Palm Springs. California is definitely not to be missed! I first visited California at age six, along with the rest of my family. My parents took my sister and me to Disneyland on my sixth birthday and I loved it! We also visited San Francisco, San Diego, and Big Sur on the trip. My only unpleasing experience was getting carsick in Big Sur, due to my father driving fast along the meandering coastal Highway 1. My family moved from Cleveland to San Francisco when I was eight. For years, we all bragged about how much of an improvement it was. Indeed, San Francisco is one of the most beautiful places in the world in my opinion. I now live in Los Angeles, but I still visit the City By the Bay four or five times a year. Fun places to see in SF include Golden Gate Park, Chinatown, The Embarcadero, Fisherman's Wharf, and the Presidio. Los Angeles is another very exciting city. The Los Angeles area is home to Disneyland, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and Laguna...

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