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The capital city of the state of California, Sacramento, is located at the convergence of the American River and the Sacramento River in the northern region of California's Central Valley. It is the sixth most populated city in California, reaching nearly half a million by the 2010 Census, and is the center of a seven-county metropolitan area with a population over five times larger. A comparatively old city in the landscape of the American West, Sacramento has a rich past for those interested in the history of agriculture, the gold rush, civics, communication, transportation, and urban renewal.

Plains Miwok and Nisenan, two Native American tribes, gathered acorns, fruits, seeds, and roots in the Sacramento area for thousands of years. In the early 1800s, the Spanish explorer ...

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