This 1884 map of California was cropped from a larger map, labeled as above. The accompanying text is below. I was born and grew up in California, and witnessed many of the changes in the last half of the 20th century. The state is now almost, except for the physical features, unrecognizable from the description below! I think the black line going from west to east on the map, is the railroad over Donner summit

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