Skip to main content


July 2024
1min read

“I am perfectly enraptured with California.…It is so healthy and such a delightful climate. I have not seen a poor person since I have been here, nor a stingy and penurious one. I never saw such liberality in my life as there is here. The whole country is a perfect picture.”

From a lady settler’s letter to her family in the East, 1852 .

Enjoy our work? Help us keep going.

Now in its 75th year, American Heritage relies on contributions from readers like you to survive. You can support this magazine of trusted historical writing and the volunteers that sustain it by donating today.