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1842 – Francisco Lopez makes California’s first documented gold discovery in Placerita Canyon [story]

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  1. Steve Mendenhall says:

    It seems most sources still credit Sutter, and say nothing about Lopez. They should give credit where credit is due.

  2. Dan says:

    I believe Sutter was the first to find gold after California achieved statehood. The Placerita Canyon find was prior to statehood.

    • SCVNews.com says:

      So you’re saying we should have specified Alta California instead of just California? Noted. But this way seems more comprehensible to the greatest number of people.

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