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Pacific Coast Business Directory California

California, the Golden State of the Union, ranks as the Empire State of the Pacific Coast, and as such takes precedence among her sisters, as first noticed in this number of the Pacific Coast Business Directory. To a certain extent California is a representative of the body of States and Territories west of the Rocky Mountains, from the peculiarities of the seasons, the mineral resources, the grandeur of the scenery, etc., as contradistinguished from the Atlantic slope. The lofty Cordillera constitutes the backbone of the continent, and parallel ranges give feature to the scenery and character to the climate. The year is divided into the seasons of Wet and Dry, rather than Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn. The mountains reach into eternal snow, and the valleys possess an equable clime, bordering on perpetual summer. Extremes of fertility and barrenness are found in various sections. Forests of incomparable grandeur and rocky peaks; broad fertile plains and forbidding deserts are contiguous. The precious and the useful metals are found in every quarter, and no section, however barren in its outward appearance, can safely be condemned as valueless. Beneath the verdant meadow is the glittering gold, and the rocks of the desert are veined with silver and lead and other valuable minerals. These facts have been made known through exploration and toil, and the development continues. From year to year discoveries are made and new resources opened, and thus, as was proceed, are hopes encouraged.

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Source: Pacific Coast Business Directory for 1876-78, Compiled by Henry G. Langley, San Francisco, 1875

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