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From 1948 through 1950, Californians held a birthday party for their state. Through cavalcades, exhibitions, parades and festivals, they celebrated the centennials of the gold discovery, Gold Rush, and statehood. By far, the most ambitious event was a star-studded pageant in the heart of Death Valley. This dusty re-enactment of the Manly Party's 1849 crossing drew thousands of spectators, and led to Death Valley's first, and probably only, traffic jam. In addition to sponsoring many local events, the State of California launched a traveling museum containing historical artifacts and documents in two converted buses. This program ensured that all parts of California could join in the centennial celebrations.
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Historical Caravan, Cover

Historical Caravan, Page 1

Historical Caravan, Page 2

Historical Caravan, Page 3

Historical Caravan, Page 4

Historical Caravan, Page 5

Historical Caravan

"Historical Caravan," n.d.
California State Archives
Sacramento, California


Monterey Centennial, Beginnings of Statehood, Cover

Monterey Centennial, Beginnings of Statehood, Cover

"Monterey Centennial, Beginnings of Statehood," date??
F 3575:422 (2)
California State Archives
Sacramento, California


The Shining Trail Portola Pageant of 1948, October 17, 18, 19, 20, 21 and 22

The Shining Trail Portola Pageant of 1948, October 17, 18, 19, 20, 21 and 22

"The Shining Trail Portola Pageant of 1948," 1948
California State Archives
Sacramento, California


Murphy's Centennial Celebration, Souvenir Program Cover, July 24-25, 1948, Murphys, California

Murphy's Centennial Celebration, Souvenir Program, July 24-25, 1948, Murphys, California

"Murphy's Centennial Celebration" 1948
F 3575:427 (1)
California State Archives
Sacramento, California


Tuolumne County Gold Centennial

Tuolumne County Gold Centennial

"Tuolumne County Gold Centennial," 1949
F 872
California State Archives
Sacramento, California


Death Valley Centennial Celebration

Death Valley Centennial Celebration

"Death Valley Centennial Celebration," 1949
California State Archives
Sacramento, California


Death Valley Centennial Celebration

Death Valley Centennial Celebration

Death Valley Centennial Celebration

Death Valley Centennial Celebration, Desolation Canyon, Death Valley, California, near Furnance Creek

"Death Valley Centennial Celebration," 1949
F 3575:423 (1)
California State Archives
Sacramento, California


Shasta Centennial

Shasta Centennial

"Shasta Centennial ," 1950
F 3575:435
California State Archives
Sacramento, California




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