Progress roared through like a steam engine. And people around the world jumped aboard. By horse, train, and telegraph, news traveled fast. Come to California, land of resources and potential!
In the late 1800s and early 1900s, a new wave of immigrants arrived. Some joined communities across California. Some formed new ones. The state’s culture began to reflect a mixture of influences from all over the world. The newcomers faced serious challenges. Yet they overcame them. They made many contributions to California’s economy, agriculture, food, art, music, and more.