Travel through California, and you’ll find different cultures and traditions at every turn. It's an amazing journey.
To understand why the state became so diverse, you have to look back more than 150 years!
The Gold Rush changed the future of California. All over the state, the population exploded. People from the rest of the United States and all over the world found opportunities for a better life. Many came for the promise of gold. But they didn’t become rich. Instead, they stayed to become farmers and merchants, and to work in the state’s fast-growing industries.