We just spent a few hours traveling through a very small part of a very big state. It is the number one state in the USA in terms of population. It was the 31st state to enter the union - Sept. 9, 1850. Mexico surrendered the land to John C. Fremont in 1847, and a year later, gold was discovered at Sutter's Mill. The gold rush began and large numbers of settlers moved to the wondrous and rich land. This state has the lowest point in the nation and the highest point in the 48 contiguous states. The lowest is 282 feet below sea level and the highest is 14, 491 feet above sea level. Leading industries are: agriculture, manufacturing, biotechnology, aerospace-defense and tourism. The pictures don't show the vast diversity of this state but show a lttle of its beauty.