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    Anaheim was settled by Germans in the mid-1800's and its name means "home by the river." Today it is the home of Disneyland. It is the largest city in Orange County.

    The Fresno area is one of the major agricultural regions in the nation. Situated in the heart of the famous San Joaquin Valley, Fresno is the eighth largest city in California.

    Los Angeles was settled in 1781 by 11 families sent from Mexico by the Spanish Governor. From this humble beginning, the city has grown into one of the largest cities in the nation, and a major cosmopolitan, financial and cultural center of the world.

    Long Beach, once a playground of the '20s, is now the biggest tourist draw in Southern California. Famous for its beaches and fabulous homes, it also is home to such novelties as Howard Hughes' Spruce Goose and the luxurious liner, the Queen Mary.

    Monterey, founded in the early 1600s was the Spanish capital of Alta California. John Steinbeck's Cannery Row and Sweet Thursday novels relate the story of the boom and the bust of the sardine industry of this city. Today Monterey is home to many activities and events.

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    To hear the name Napa is to immediately picture the wine district of California. Napa is the county seat and lies at the southern end of the famous Napa Valley with its 24,000 acres of vineyards.

    Oakland is a major transportation center and is the largest rail and port city in the Bay Area. The Port of Oakland handles 13.2 million tons of cargo per year.

    Sacramento is the capital of California. The first art museum and the first theater in the state were built here. The city was founded by Captain Sutter who is better known for his discovery of gold at his nearby sawmill.

    San Diego has one of the most perfect climates with an average temperature of 70 degrees and an average rainfall of less than 10 inches. It is home to many sporting events earning it the title from Sports Illustrated, Sports Town U.S.A.

    San Francisco is a rich blend of its historical past and its sophisticated present. Its homogenous mixture of peoples and ethnic neighborhoods lend a unique character to this famous city and attract visitors by the thousands.

    San Jose was California's first state capital and is now one of the leaders in electronic technology.

    Santa Ana is the county seat of Orange County and is the center for many government activities.

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    Santa Barbara's Spanish roots are very evident in this city where the old Spanish architecture has been restored and new development has adhered to the style from the past.

    Averaging 300 sunny days a year, no wonder Santa Cruz is a favorite seaside resort town.

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