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With its varied climate and diverse cultural influences, California boasts a range of natural wonders and architectural masterpieces.
Gold RushVideo Clip (2:37)
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Discover how the Gold Rush led to the creation of California.
San Francisco's Ship Graveyard
San Francisco's Ship GraveyardVideo Clip (4:02)
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The inner harbor of San Francisco was built on a ship graveyard in the late 1800s.
This Day In History: 04/18/1906 - San Francisco Earthquake
This Day In History: 04/18/1906 - San Francisco EarthquakeVideo Clip (1:00)
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This Day in history - April 18, was the date of the great San Francisco earthquake which killed 3,000 people, Paul Revere's midnight ride, the death of physicist, Albert Einstein, and the first time the words "play ball" began a baseball game.
Mega Disasters: San Francisco Earthquake
Mega Disasters: San Francisco EarthquakeVideo Clip (2:15)
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Multiple fault lines that run through California put San Francisco at risk for a catastrophic earthquake.
Mystery at Alcatraz
Mystery at AlcatrazVideo Clip (2:49)
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Reports of the supernatural at Alcatraz Island date back to the 1400s. After it became a federal penitentiary in 1934, claims of hauntings and other phenomena only increased, and continue to this day.
Ghosts of Alcatraz
Ghosts of AlcatrazVideo Clip (2:52)
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The cells of Alcatraz have been empty for decades, but some believe the ghosts of inmates past may still roam these sinister hallways.
San Francisco Cable Cars
San Francisco Cable CarsVideo Clip (2:18)
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Engineers developed cable cars as a pain-free way to navigate San Francisco's 43 grueling hills.
Golden Gate Bridge: Voters Decide
Golden Gate Bridge: Voters DecideVideo Clip (4:07)
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Why did some people initially think the Golden Gate Bridge was a dangerous idea?
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